Tulsi beyond the courtyard: 5 major health benefits of the Holy Basil
Many Indian households are homes to the very tiny shrub of the Holy Basil, the Tulsi plant. The plant has its origin in the Indian subcontinent & is also a widely cultivated herb in the South-east Asian parts of the world. While Tulsi has had its aesthetic presence rooted in its sacredness, especially among the Hindus, it’s also a powerfully multi-purpose herb in its own might. Surprisingly, many of us let it grow as a customary plant in our courtyard or balconies without knowing its health benefits.
Here are 5 major health benefits of the Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant that some know & many don’t:
Cough & Cold
The leaves of Tulsi (Holy Basil) are a natural expectorant that make the phlegm in the chest to loosen & thus easy to expel. Tulsi leaves contain immunomodulatory compounds which can fight viral or bacterial attacks. All the more, the leaves are a natural decongestant that work wonderfully during cold. So if you’re badly irked with a cold or cough, specially during the hostile monsoon & winters, here’s a cough syrup that you could try at home using Tulsi leaves as the main ingredient for the decoction.
The Holy Basil has naturally rich anti-biotic & anti-fungal properties, which escalates during common infections to the body. In fact, its regular consumption prevents cold, cough & stomach infections when they’re most likely to happen.
Very few plants can match up to the richness of the plant in antioxidants, which promote healthy & ageless-looking skin. Drinking Tulsi decoction regularly helps in rejuvenating skin cells, prevents dryness & chapping. The best part is that it can even fight acne owing to its anti-microbial properties. Grinding a few Tulsi leaves to a thick paste & applying over the affected areas really helps diminish the severity of acne.
When a burning sensation that looks like a probable urinary infection, before heading to over-the-counter medicines or the doctor, you could try having a few drops of Tulsi decoction diluted with water twice or thrice a day. That usually helps solve the problem.
These leaves are known to fight cholesterol effectively & are also very low on calories. That makes the Tulsi Tea a perfect drink for those who are trying to lose weight.
How to make Tulsi Tea?
1. Wash 4-5 leaves & crush/grind them coarsely.
2. Crush half an inch of ginger.
3. Boil the leaves & crushed leaves together in water.
4. Strain & drink.
You don’t have to add milk to this tea. At the same time, it keeps your craving for tea or coffee away with its satieting taste & feeling of having ‘tea’. And the taste is equally great!
Do you know any other benefits of the Tulsi plant, or do you have other amazing ways of using it? Do let me know in the comments.