Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) commonly known as the "Holy Basil" is known worldwide for its medicinal and spiritual properties.
The word Tulsi means 'incomparable' and it indeed is incomparable to any other herb as it is packed with healing properties for a plethora of conditions.
According to the book Sacred plants of India by Nanditha Krishna, holy basil contains a range of natural antioxidants that can help protect the body tissues against ailments.
Here are a list of conditions for which Tulsi leaves can be used:
1. Tulsi for Cold
You can ditch the normal tea and opt for Tulsi tea to relieve cold. Just add a few tulsi tea leaves to hot water and let it stay with a lid for 3-4 minutes. You can also add cloves to the tea to help in sore throat.
How Tulsi helps in relieving cold?
Tulsi has immunity enhancing and antitussive (relieves cough) properties that provide relief in the respiratory system. It also has certain oils that helps clearing congestion.
2. Tulsi for Headaches
Applying tulsi leaves paste on head helps relieve migraines. You can also drink tulsi tea if you have migraines.
How Tulsi helps in relieving migraines?
The analgesic properties of Tulsi helps in headaches while its Antiemetic property helps in preventing nausea and vomiting associated with migraines.
Here is a live account of a patient with Migraines who benefited from Tulsi tea: http://www.runtolose.com/blog/migraine-home-remedy-with-tulsi-indian-basil/
3. Tulsi Tea for thyroid
Tulsi leaves have a positive effect on the body mentally as well as physically. It keeps the hormones balanced naturally and can aid in thyroid.
How Tulsi helps in Thyroid?
Tulsi is an adaptogenic (anti-stress agent) herb that helps regulate serum cortisol levels and reduce anxiety and emotional stress. Adaptogens help to regulate the Hypothalamic-Pituary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, they adjust imbalances related to immunity, hormones, and stress, and help you restore energy.
4. Tulsi Tea for anxiety
Tulsi is also known as the natural remedy for anxiety for its therapeutic properties.
How Tulsi helps in anxiety?
High cortisol levels in body lead to anxiety and Tulsi leaves can help get rid of it by lowering the cortisol levels.
5. Tulsi tea for skin infections
Tulsi can be applied as the paste of its leaves on an infected area of the skin.You can just drink tulsi tea and keep your skin free from all infections.
How Tulsi helps in skin infections?
Tulsi has essential oils, which are highly antibiotic, disinfectant, , and antifungal in nature. External application on the skin also removes extra oil from the surface of the skin. Camphene in it gives a soothing and a cooling effect.
6. Tulsi tea to reduce fever
With its infection fighting properties, Tulsi can help fight an infection and reduce fever.
Holy basil has the ability to control blood glucose levels as demonstrated by several test tube and human clinical trials. The researchers conclude that holy basil may be prescribed as part of a treatment plan for people with mild-to-moderate non-insulin dependent diabetes.
How much Tulsi should I drink in a day?
The suggested dosage is chewing 3-4 tulsi leaves or 3-20gm tea leaves. Tulsi tea or leaves should be used in moderation and no more than 5 cups of tulsi tea should be consumed in a day.