Tulsi plant is an annual herb. It grows to a short height and lives for a span of one year.
Tulasi is worshiped by Hindus as a holy plant. It is kept in many households and gardens. Besides, it is also a part of alternative medicine. This tulsi is also called as holy basil.
The health benefits of the tulsi herb are many. Some people consume its leaves on a regular basis to gain therapeutic benefits.
Scientifically it is called as Ocimum sanctum and is one the important medicinal plants.
The parts of tulsi generally used are leaves, flowers, seeds, stems and dried roots.
Below is the list of uses of tulsi plant based on different parts of the plant. Still, the list is not exhaustive.
Medicinal uses of Tulsi leaves
♣ Decongestant action to relieve nasal stuffiness,
♣ As nerve tonic to sooth nerves and tension.
♣ Tulsi is an adaptogen i.e. consumption of tulsi is known to boost immunity and helps tolerate stress.
♣ Even as a memory sharpener,
Tulsi tea or decoction is used to prevent malaria, dengue fever. Also used for common cold.
♣ In acute fevers, the temperature is lowered by administration of decoction of leaves.
♣ Aqueous extract i.e tulsi juice is used as a gargle to treat a sore throat.
♣ It is also believed that the aqueous extract of leaves taken with honey for 6 months expels kidney stones.
♣ It lowers cholesterol and hence it is cardioprotective.
♣ In respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, cold, influenza are treated with leaf extract.
♣ Leaves, when chewed, relieve mouth ulcers and infections.
♣ Leaf extract is effective to treat skin disorders like ringworm etc.
♣ Dried leaf powder is used for brushing the teeth. In the preparation of toothpaste for dental health.
♣ Extract of black tulsi leaves is used to treat sore eyes and night-blindness.
♣ Stomachic to promote hunger or appetite.
♣ As an expectorant to help remove phlegm from bronchi and also to treat bronchitis
♣ In relieving coughs due to any irritants.
♣ For relief from diarrhea
♣ In case of epidemic, as prophylaxis (to prevent) against influenza, cholera, and malaria
Uses of Tulsi seeds:
The solution of Tulsi plant seeds with milk or water is a
♠ Good anti-oxidant,
♣ It also possesses anti-ulcer, antiemetic, anti-diarrheal properties.
Uses of Tulsi root:
Dried Tulsi root powder mixed with milk or ghee etc is good
a) For malaria fever
b) To relieve insect pain and sting bites.
c) Fresh roots are made into a paste and applied to areas where leeches or insects bite.
Uses of Tulsi stem:
This is a bit funny application but widely believed.
When one applies the powder of dried tulsi stem on the forehead as a tilak. It helps to gain the attention of listeners to you during a speech.
In general, Tulasi is consumed in daily life as tulsi tea, tulsi seeds as a condiment in foods, tulsi leaves after prayer as holiness.
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My favourite herb: Tulsi
The one plant that you are guaranteed to find in my home is Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for Holy Basil. In fact, you will find the Tulsi plant in many Indian homes, as it is considered to be an auspicious plant that brings health, wealth, and prosperity. I will also let you know that Tulsi is not only my favorite plant, but it is also my favorite herb.
As we all know, plants in general purify the air, so in that sense, its always good to have plants around. Tulsi radiates positive energy and purifies the environment from any negativity that may be around. Beyond that, I love Tulsi because of all of its healing properties.
First of all, one of the easiest home remedies for a cough is Tulsi. For any kind of cough, drink Tulsi tea. Boil one cup of water with about 3 to 4 fresh Tulsi leaves and drink the tea at least 4 times a day and it will cure the worst of coughs. Fresh leaves work best, but dry leaves are fine as well.
Tulsi is pungent and bitter in taste; therefore, it decreases Vata and Kapha and slightly increases Pitta. However, because the quality of Tulsi is light and dry, it can actually balance Pitta as well. Tulsi has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It can be applied topically for skin lesions and fungal infections. It decreases pain and swelling and is recommended for fevers. It is excellent for all respiratory related imbalances, such as coughing, asthma, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Tulsi improves digestion and is especially good for the colon. It is also an excellent herb for the nervous system and all autoimmune diseases, as Tulsi promotes and enhances the functioning of Ojas. And the list continues. Depending on the condition, the leaf, root, or seeds are used. Tulsi is one of the most potent, sattwic (pure) herbs.
If I ever feel a cough or cold coming on, and even for family and friends, I simply boil a cup of water with Tulsi and fresh ginger and I am able to prevent an illness from coming forth. Doesn’t that sound rather simple? I would also like to add that drinking Tulsi tea with ginger will also prevent your chances of catching the swine flu, as it does increase Ojas, your immunity.
The entire science and knowledge of Ayurveda is actually quite simple with a simple approach to health. There is a science behind the combination of spices and when you combine various spices and herbs, you can heal just about any imbalance.
Health and happiness,