We have all grown up watching women of the family pray in front of the Tulsi plant. The plant had a prominent presence in the courtyard of almost every household. But back then, little did we realize the potent health benefits of the humble Tulsi or Holy Basil leaves.
Ranging from helping you get that perfect glow on your skin to probable cure of deadly diseases like cancer and diabetes, Tulsi has benefits that can actually help you heal from head to toe.
Here are some of the benefits of this magic herb:
- Bringing down fever
Fever is not a disease but our body’s natural reaction to an infection. Our body increases its normal temperature to create an inhospitable environment for the infection causing virus or bacteria. Tulsi is a natural antibiotic, antifungal, germicide which can potentially cure the infection and hence bring down the fever.
Boil Tulsi leaves with some pepper, cloves and ginger and simmer for 15-20 minutes or till the decoction is reduced to half its original quantity. Cool and mix it with honey and sip every couple of hours to cure infection.
- Dissolving Kidney Stones
With its diuretic and detoxifying properties, Tulsi is an elixir for the kidneys. It helps in cleansing the kidneys and reduces the level of uric acid in blood. It also prevents the formation of calcium oxalate in the body. Since uric acid and calcium oxalate are the primary reason for formation of kidney stones, consumption of Tulsi leaves for a period of six months can dissolve kidney stones. It is also a natural painkiller which can relieve the pain caused by kidney stones.
- Helps in curing cancer
Studies have proven that Tulsi contains anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties. These properties help in restricting the flow of blood to the tumor and stem its growth. It has been found extremely effective especially in cases of breast and oral cancer.
- Healthy skin and hair
Chewing raw Tulsi leaves can help purify blood, prevent the outbreak of pimples and acne, and make skin glow from within. Ayurvedic experts also claim that it can resolve conditions like leucoderma and ringworm. You can make a face mask with Tulsi leaves for blemish free skin.
Mix Tulsi powder in warm hair oil and apply it gently to your scalp to cure itchiness due to dryness and prevent hairfall. Drinking Tulsi juice is also a great away add add lustre to yout tresses.
- Relieves stress and helps you quit smoking
Tulsi helps in regulation of Cortisol, the stress hormone in the body. These leaves contain anti-stress agents which control the production of free radicals released during tense situations, soothe nerves and regulate the circulation of blood.
Lowering of stress in turn can control the urge to smoke and can help one quit smoking as well. Chewing Tulsi leaves cools the throat which further reduces the urge to smoke. Anti-oxidant properties of Tulsi can also cure the damage done to the lungs by cigarettes.
Chewing approximately a dozen leaves everyday can provide all the above mentioned benefits.
- Cure for respiratory problems
Tulsi has antitussitive, expectorant and immunomodulatory properties which can help control cough, mucus build up and even cure severe problems like bronchitis. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which can help alleviate any respiratory infections.
- Relieves headache
Since Tulsi is a natural pain killer and decongestant, it can effectively relieve headaches caused by common cold, sinusitis, allergies and migraine. All you need to do is boil some Tulsi leaves in a few cups of water, let the water come down to lukewarm temperature, dip some towels in it and put them on your forehead and eyes. Alternatively, boil water and add few drops of Tulsi oil to it. Inhale the steam for a few minutes to get relief from congestion and heachache.
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