Holding the scientific name of the holy basil or Ocimum Sanctum, the plant tulsi can be found in almost every household in India. It is extremely easy to grow and can be found anywhere within India. In this nation, this plant is revered, as it is a holy plant in the Hindu culture, but not only that, it has been mentioned many times in ancient science of Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. There are two main varieties of tulsi, Lakshmi tulsi — the green coloured plant, and Krishna tulsi– the purple coloured plant.
This herb is used to ward off some of the most common ailments that affect us such as bacterial infections and viral infections, thus, strengthening our immunity. But it is not just that! Tulsi also helps in treating various skin and hair disorders.
In Ayurveda and naturopathy, tulsi is said to have great importance. The oils found in tulsi act effectively on our respiratory system, thus making it stronger. Tulsi in itself is rich in antioxidants which help reduce stress and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. The acid in tulsi helps reduce impurities in the skin and also fight allergies, pathogens and infections. Used together with gilroy, turmeric and neem, tulsi paste when applied on acne reduces it immensely, finishing off the bacteria that caused the spread.
The various uses of tulsi at home are:
- It is a detoxifying and cleansing agent that purifies the skin on the inside and outside.
- It can be consumed as well as applied topically.
- Skin disorders such as itching and roundworms can be treated with its use.
- Tulsi is often used as an ingredient in tea and can be consumed in raw, powdered, paste or supplement form.
- The antibiotic, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic and antibacterial properties of tulsi are more than amazing.
- Fever, headaches, cold, cough, flu and all such symptoms can be relieved using this plant.
- Respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma and other ailments can be treated.
- Stress is relieved, immunity strengthened and digestion improves 3-fold.
- Tulsi is full of phytonutrients, Vitamin A and C, and other essential oils.
- Bodily processes are aided by regular tulsi consumption.
- Elevated blood sugar levels are countered by the use of tulsi and are highly effective for diabetics.
- Uric acid levels in body are regulated, so risks of developing kidney stones are eliminated.
- Tulsi also helps in maintaining cortisol in the body which keeps a check on the stress levels of the individual.
- It wards off harmful effects of free radicals.
- Dental health and healthy gums are just one of the positive effects of tulsi.
- Tulsi can act as an insect repellant and can be used in treating bites of insects.
- Also known as adaptogen, tulsi is useful in treating hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, swine flu and dengue.
When and How to Grow and How To Consume Tulsi
Tulsi grows in moist soil with the perfect amount of sunlight. Plant it like any other plant, just before the monsoon, in the intense heat. To consume, all you need to do is to pluck the leaves off the plant and eat it raw.
Wash it and add it to your tea or make a syrup out of it by crushing it and mixing with honey and lemon.