The tulsi plant, also known as holy basil, is a sacred plant to Hindus. It is known for its many health benefits and ability to cure a large number of ailments. Tulsi leaves are a part of a group called adaptogenic herbs which help support the body’s natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress. Adaptogenic herbs help the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions, and restore balance. It’s no wonder this plant is one of the most sacred herbs in India.
Here are some of the health benefits of the Tulsi plant.
Common cold and fever
The juice of the Tulsi leaves can be used to bring down a fever. Boil the leaves with powdered cardamom in a half liter of water and mix with sugar and milk to bring down your temperature.
Tulsi leaves help to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma, which in turn relieves a cough.
The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. Boil the leaves with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A mixture of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. Make sure to boil the mixture in half a liter of water till only half the water is left and add then taken.
The plant helps strengthen the kidneys and can expel renal kidney stones. In the case of kidney stones, boil down the tulsi leaves with honey and drink daily for 6 months.
The plant has a positive impact on cardiac disease by reducing blood cholesterol.
Tulsi leaves help relieve stress by purifying the blood. Chew twelve leaves, twice daily to prevent stress.
The leaves are prophylactic for insect bites. Rub a teaspoon of the fresh Tulsi leaf juice into the infected area. Repeat every few hours.
Dry the leaves in the sun and then crush into a paste. You can use the dried powder as a toothpaste. Tulsi leaves are very effective for getting rid of bad breath as well as healing pyorrhea.