Tulsi also known as basil leaves, is a fairly common plant in Indian households. Considered holy by many religions, the tulsi plant is revered for its divine properties. Besides praying to the plant, a number of people advice including the leaves and roots of the plant in various medical fluid. Tulsi is commonly found in two varieties – the green coloured Lakshmi tulsi and the purple hued Krishna tulsi. Apart from the Indian subcontinent, it can also be found in tropical regions of most Southeast Asian countries. From warding off some of the most common ailments, strengthening immunity, fighting bacterial & viral infections to combating and treating various hair and skin disorders – just a few leaves of tulsi when used regularly can help resolve a host of health and lifestyle related issues.
Here’re uses of tulsi:
- The leaves strengthen the stomach and help in respiratory diseases.
- If regularly taking a mixture of basil leaves juice and honey for 6 months helps expel the stones via the urinary tract.
- Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.
- It can be made into teas or can be had raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.
- It helps in relieving from fever, headache, sore throat, cold, cough, flu and chest congestion.
- It work as appetiser and promotes digestion by helping in secretion of digestive enzymes.
- The medicinal property of the plant helps maintain insulin level in the body and is a natural cure for diabetes.
- It is also beneficial in treating respiratory ailments like chronic bronchitis, asthma etc.
- Is an effective insect repellent and can aid in treating insect bite.
- Basil leaves taken with honey keeps chicken pox at bay.
- Tulsi is a wonder herb which helps to achieve lustrous shiny and healthy hair.
- Basil leaves prevent the outburst of acne and pimples as they purify your blood by removing toxins.
- The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory.
- Besan and Tulsi paste face pack is a popular pack to get rid of scar marks and get a clean and even skin tone.
- Basil leaves also prevent the appearance of blackheads. Wet the top side of the basil and place one leaf on each side of your nose for 5 minutes.
How and When to Grow?
Tulsi plant grows in rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. You can begin by planting it just a few centimetres below the soil with a light cover of dirt. Let it grow indoors till it’s about 6-7 inch tall, after which the plant can be transferred outdoors. Tulsi should be planted right before monsoon, under intense heat.
After knowing all these amazing benefits of this herb, I’m sure all of you would try these home remedies. It will work wonders on your life and living habits.