Benefits of Basil (Tulsi)

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In the Hindu religion, holy basil is both a religious symbol as well as a good medical remedy. Religiously speaking, holy basil is worshipped in the mornings and evenings by Hindus throughout India and medically speaking it is used to treat common ailments in the ancient Ayurvedic healthcare system.

Types of Tulsi:

1. Rama Tulsi:
Rama Tulsi is also called green leaf tulsi and this is a different type of tulsi breed that has light purple flowers and has a clove-like scent to it. It consists of eugenol which is usually found in cloves and has a mellow flavour.

2. Krishna Tulsi:
This type of Tulsi is also called purple leaf tulsi and has a clove-like aroma. It tastes like pepper in your mouth. This type of tulsi helps cure infections such as throat infections, respiratory problems, earaches and skin diseases. The oil from Krishna Tulsi is used as ear drops. It is also used to cure malaria, indigestion, insomnia and cholera.
3. Vana Tulsi:
Vana Tulsi is a native to India, Sri Lanka, and Northeastern parts of Africa. This type of tulsi is usually grown for medicinal purposes and it is imbibed into Indian religious beliefs. This type must be protected from freezing and will grow in conditions that have full sun and dry areas. It has light green leaves that are accompanied by a lemony aroma and flavour. Vana Tulsi leaves increases immunity and this is usually used for preparing tea. When consumed in the form of tea, it provides health benefits such as increased physical and mental endurance and adds more oxygen and nutrients to your bloodstream.

Do You Know?

  • The Tulsi plant is a great de-polluting agent.
  • Dried leaves can be used as insect repellents.

Health benefits of Tulsi

  • Blood purifier.
  • Chewing 12 leaves of Basil, twice a day prevent stress.
  • The leaves are a nerve tonic & also sharps memory.
  • Preventive against malaria & dengue fever.
  • Helps beat stress. Tulsi is a natural herb with anti-stress qualities. … 
  • Protection against infection and treating wounds. … 
  • Improves digestion system. … 
  • Aids in losing weight. … 
  • Dissolving kidney stones. … 
  • Helps fight Diabetes

Side Effects of Consuming Tulsi That You Must Know:

  • Tulsi may affect the reproductive capacity of women who are trying to conceive.
  • Some people experience nausea or diarrhoea when they first add tulsi tea to their diet, so it is best to start with small quantities and increase your consumption over time.
  • Tulsi may lower blood sugar and should be used with caution in people who have diabetes and are on blood-sugar-lowering medication.

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