What is Holy Basil ( Tulsi)?
Tulsi or sacred basil (Maximum Sanctuary or Maximum Sanctuary) is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine (Traditional medicine of India). It is especially known as an adaptation, a herb that supports the body’s stress response
It is known as “the queen of herbs” and is ‘incomparable’ in Sanskrit. In fact, Hinduism connects Basil Plant with the picture of Goddess.
It is believed that Tulsi is believed to promote long life and is taken as an Illicator to promote balance and flexibility of all the challenges of life.
Traditional signs for this herb include the common cold, bronchitis, diarrhea, stomach disorder, headache, swelling, arthritis, heart disease, skin diseases, eye diseases, various forms of poisoning, insect bites and malaria.
Basil is from the family of the Lamiaic (mint) of herbs and, alternatively, can be called Osimium tenuflorum lin, tulsi, or holy tulsi (a direct translation from Latin, Osimium sanctuary).
Nutrition facts of Tulsi?
Basil is known as the king of herbs and the phyto is rich in nutrients. Basil is one of the herbs that is widely grown all over the world. There are also many nutritional benefits in Tulsi. It is full of anti-oxidants. Basil contains minerals such as vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, iron, copper, manganese and magnesium.
Bio-chemical compounds such as Orientine and Vicinin act as antioxidants. Basil leaves contain eugenol, cytronolol and limonene, which are used in anti-inflammatory.
Health Benefits of Tulsi (Holy Basil)
A study showed significant anti-inflammatory activity in human cells, which validates its traditional use in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
The net outflow of fresh leaves and basil strains produced the following compounds with Eugeneol’s commendable amount: Cancerylinol, Kirkimiritin, Isothimassin, Isostamonin, Epigenin and Rosemerinic Acid.
The anti-inflammatory activity of these compounds was equivalent to ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin at 10-, 10-, and 1000-micrometric concentrations respectively.
Helps Protect the Heart
An alcohol extract of tulsi leaves reduced heart tissue inflammation in a mouse model of a heart attack (myocardial infarction), possibly due to its high phenol content.
A basil extract may prevent cardiovascular disease by blocking myloperoxidase (MPO), an oxidative enzyme which can cause plaque accumulation (known as atherosclerosis) in the artery.
Helps to Eliminate kidney stone
Drinking a tulsi juice with honey for a period of six months helps in eliminating kidney stones (calcium oxalate) through the urinary tract. Basil acts like a detoxifier, which reduces uric acid levels in the body. It also prevents the formation of calcium oxalate in the kidneys. Calcium oxalate and uric acid are responsible for the formation of kidney stones.
Since holy basil has painful effects, it also reduces the effect of pain due to stone in the kidney. Thus, Holi Basil’s home remedies can be used as a treatment for the expulsion of kidney stone, yet it takes time to show the desired effect in it.
Good for Headache treatment
Basil is helpful in relieving headache. To get immediate relief from a headache, it is recommended to apply basil and sandalwood paste on the forehead. Breath of dried leaves of basil is easier with a migraine and headache.
Helpful for asthma cure
Tulsi leaves are used as home remedies for treating respiratory disorders such as a cough, cold, influenza, mild asthma, and bronchitis. For these disorders, the decoction of basil leaves + honey and ginger is advised. In the treatment of influenza, a mixture of basil leaves, common salt, and cloves is also used.
A large number of Ayurvedic Cough expectorant and Syrup are used as Tulsi as one of the ingredients. In the case of cold and flu, chewing betel leaves is also beneficial. Asthma patient should take a mixture of basil juice and black pepper.
Tulsi Works As an Antioxidant
The strong antioxidant capacity was measured with basil essential oil and was especially related to its eugenol material. Basil leaf powder was shown to combat free radicals produced by cadmium and restored liver and kidney function.
Prevents Lung Disorders
Compounds like Vitamin C, Campaign, Eugenol and Cineole present in essential oils of Basil not only treat lung infection but also fix the crowd in them. In addition, they are effective in treating lung damage due to smoking, tuberculosis, and prevent lung cancer. It also helps to treat tuberculosis due to antibiotic properties.
How to Consume Tulsi?
Throw it raw, fresh from the plant, add it to your tea or take it out.
In addition to the traditional methods of using humble, holy basil, you can use it in your cooking and can provide a great, earth-pleasing flavor for your preparation.
To get started, we bring you one of the most basic and widely loved dishes prepared using basil leaves.
Note: Combination of basil and milk should be avoided. Basil and hot honey should not be consumed together.