Stacks of benefits with Tulasi leaves (Basil leaves)
Ocimum tenuiflorum, commonly known as holy basil, tulasi or tulsi, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics.
Tulasi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian subcontinent as a medicinal plant and a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda and has an important role within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. This plant is revered as an elixir of life. The holy Tulsi, also known as the “Queen of Herbs” is the most sacred of all the herbs
There are two common types of tulsi: Rama tulsi has a white stem and green leaves, and Shyam tulsi has a dark pinkish-purple stem and leaves. Both types are similar in smell and benefits.
1/4 cup of fresh tulsi leaves (six grams) includes the following (listed in recommended daily values):
- 1 calorie
- No cholesterol
- 0.2 grams of sodium
- 0.2 grams of carbohydrates
- 31 percent Vitamin K
- 6 percent vitamin A
- 2 percent Vitamin C
- 3 percent manganese
- 1 percent folate
- 1 percent calcium
- 1 percent potassium
- 1 percent magnesium
There are many Ayurvedic health benefits of Tulasi plant here are some.
- Helps Fight Cancer: – Medical science has produced remedies for almost all the ailments but there are a few diseases like cancer where even the modern medicines fail. According to Ayurveda, basil (tulsi) is helpful in fighting cancer. If basil leaves are regularly consumed it can cure cancer too.
- Balances Hormones: – Adaptogens such as ginseng and tulsi help reduce the biochemical developments of stress by balancing cortisol levels, according to “Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Reference: Evidence-based Clinical Reviews.” However, tulsi can help balance blood glucose levels indirectly by regulating cortisol secretion.
- Helps Improve Respiratory Disorders: -Tulsi is generally effective in helping to alleviate almost all varieties of respiratory disorders, including working as a bronchitis natural remedy as well as a deep cough remedy for coughs that usually come on with another type of upper respiratory infection, such as the cold or flu
- Fights Acne :- Tulsi kills bacteria and infections, therefore it’s a great natural home remedy for acne and other skin irritations
- Relieves Fever:-Tulsi leaves act as antibiotic, germicidal and disinfectant agents; they protect us from bacteria and viruses. When we have a fever, it’s proof that our bodies are fighting against an infection. Therefore, with its infection-fighting properties, tulsi helps fight a fever and restores your health quickly.
- Dental Care:-Tulsi can help diminish ulcers in the mouth, and it’s generally thought to stop the growth of oral cancer cells caused by chewing tobacco. For this natural dental care, try adding a drop of tulsi essential oil to your toothpaste or drinking one cup of tulsi tea every day.