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Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

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Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Tulsi Plant is commonly cultivated in Southern Asia, such as Thailand, India, and other Hindu influenced countries. It is an important icon in Hindu culture and was discovered 5000 years ago. They worship it in mornings and evenings, and they call it as Holy Basil. Hindu believers believe that Holy Basil gives pleasure to their Lord Vishnu, that’s why they worship this plant the way they worship their gods and goddesses. Lord Vishnu admires this small plant because it has many uses and can cure many ailments.

Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)Ocimum Tenuiflorum is the scientific name of Tulsi. It is a small plant with small leaves, and has hairy stems, yet this plant has a power that you would never imagine. This plant is commonly used in Ayurveda as a medicinal plant and herbal tea. Most of them rely on this plant every time they experience minor and major illness.

Although the common name of Tulsi is Holy Basil, it is still different from Thai’s Basil. Thai’s Basil is used as spicy or flavoring in some Thai recipes. Thai’s Basil is just one of the variations of Tulsi or Holy Basil. In fact, Thai’s Basil has a scientific name of Ocimum Basilicum, in which very different from Ocimum Tenuiflorum of Holy Basil.

Health Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Tulsi is one of the best plants that possess antioxidant properties. It is because it has high amount of Eugenol that can reduce the amount of glucose in type 2 diabetics. In this case, you can trust Tulsi to prevent your diabetes in becoming active each day. It is responsible in killing the cells that help in producing excessive glucose inside your body. But you have to be aware that too much Eugenol in your body might lead to liver damage, because it has hepatotoxic characteristics. It can also give you diarrhea, and rapid heartbeat once taken carelessly. So, be cautious and ask for doctor’s opinion before taking it as an alternative for your diabetes.

Tulsi is also considered as a stress reliever in Ayurveda. This is due to its strong aroma and astringent properties, along with the adaptogen that is present on its leaves. Based on studies, it has been proven that its aroma property helps in lengthening the life of a person. When a person is stress free, his immune system becomes healthier, too, and there is a small possibility for free radicals to occur. As we all know, free radicals create toxins in our body, and this toxins might lead and become a major ailment in the future. This characteristic is the reason why they called Tulsi as the elixir of life.

The Tulsi extract is also good in curing common colds, headache, heart disease, inflammation, and stomache. It can also cure malaria and dengue. You can find this extract in Tulsi leaves. When time comes that you experience common colds or headache, you can boil its leaves and drink it every 2-3 hours. Or if you can’t find tulsi’s fresh leaves, you can go to the nearest drugstore and ask them if they have a tulsi tea. Tulsi tea has the exact extract that Tulsi leaves produce.

It can also treat cough. Tulsi has an expectorant property that helps mucus to loosen its hold in bronchial tube. It also kills the bacteria that cause the production of phlegm. All you have to do is boil the Tulsi Leaves and drink it at least before meal because its power is always better in an empty stomach.

Tulsi extract is also abundant in Magnesium. This magnesium is good in preventing heart diseases. This is because it makes our blood vessel works properly. It keeps our veins free from clogs. It helps our red blood cells flow smoothly in our every vein. So, it’s better to drink Tulsi tea or any Tulsi juice to avoid dealing with heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.

You can also use Tulsi as cure for your sore throat. You can boil the Tulsi leaves and drink it after every meal. It can also be used as gargle until sore throat is treated.

Another study shows that Tulsi has a nerve tonic property that enhances our memory. It can even cure dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It will help us to remember the last action that we have done. It only means that it is a good supplement or good food for our brain in terms of strengthening our memory.

Holy Basil can also help us in hydrating our skins, this is because it has an anti inflammatory properties. It will make our skin younger looking and glowing at the same time.

Side-Effects of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Although Holy Basil is very essential to everyone’s life, study still shows that inappropriate in-take of this plant might also lead to a bigger health problems.

Since we found out that Holy Basil can cure type 2 diabetes, it only means that it has very powerful substances that can burn extra glucose in our body. And if we continue to take this herb even if our diabetes is not active anymore, we could also lose the necessary sugar inside our body. So be very careful with that. Low sugar in our blood might lead to weaker body and might also affect the functionality of our brains.

Study also says that Tulsi extract is not appropriate for a woman who may get pregnant in near future, are pregnant or are breast feeding.

If you think that herbal medicine is safer than those commercial medicines that you can buy over the counter, well you are right, but do not forget to consult your physician if you are going to use any herbal alternatives. It’s safer to seek for more information as some prescription medicines and over the counter medication might interact with holy basil(tulsi)

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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