Sep
23

Tulsi – The holi herb that heals



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Tulsi or the Holy Basil is a plant that is nurtured in every Indian home. There are two varieties of tulsi named Rama Tulsi (green leaves and stems) and Krishna tulsi (purple leaves and stems). Cobras and scorpions are put off by the smell of the plant and do not enter any place where the tulsi is planted. The leaves of the plant were an instant remedy to a variety of common illness; remedies that work wonderfully well to this very day. Unlike other vitalizers that stimulate the body and increase physical endurance, tulsi is free from caffeine or other stimulants.

Why use tulsi?

  • A great home remedy for the treatment of fevers due to potent germicidal, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties
  • Loaded with antioxidants that combats oxidative stress and retards the aging process.
  • 4-6 leaves every day may help the proper functioning of the beta cells that produce insulin.
  • Eugenol present in the leaves is said to keep blood pressure normal and lowers the cholesterol levels.
  • It helps maintain normal levels of cortisol – the stress hormone and thus helps keep stress down
  • Detoxifies the liver helping in problems like indigestion and constipation.
  • The seeds help in premature ejaculation and is a ‘shuklavardhak’- increases quantity of semen

Other uses

The impurities of the blood can cause acne, blemishes and scars, or result in a skin that looks lifeless and swarthy. Chewing a few leaves would cleanse the blood of its impurities and bestow the skin with a glow and prevent the occurrence of acne and blemishes. Blessed with anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant and antitussive properties, tulsi comes to the rescue in respiratory diseases. The leaves are dried and used in a medicated oil to get rid of itchiness of the scalp and control hair loss. It has been employed to reduce the uric acid levels of the body and in aiding the removal of the resultant kidney stones. Arthritis and gout may also be managed due to the anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi. Studies also suggest that tulsi may be of help in cancer patients as it restricts the supply of blood to tumours.

Tulsi tea

Fresh tulsi leaves and plants may not be available across the globe, but that is no reason to deter someone from enjoying the benefits of this wonderful herb. Dried tulsi leaves and powder are available and drinking tulsi tea compensates for the inability to eat a few leaves daily. Consider drinking tulsi tea as an insurance against ill health. Here is how you can prepare tulsi tea:

Ingredients

  • Tulsi Leaves (fresh or dried) – 7
  • Cloves – 1
  • Pepper – 2
  • Cumin seeds – 2 g
  • Organic Ginger – a small piece or ¼ tea spoon powder
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Organic honey – 2 tea spoon
  • Lemon – ½ tea spoon
  • Turmeric – ¼ tea spoon
  • Pepper, ginger, turmeric and lemon are optional.

Preparation:

Take pepper, cloves and cumin, and heat them on a warm pan. Add dry tulsi leaves (fresh leaves may be directly added to water) to this mixture and powder it. Add ginger and turmeric powder to the mixture and grind it until a uniform mixture is obtained. Take 4 cups of water and boil it. Add the freshly ground mixture to boiling water and cover the vessel, allowing the mixture to boil. Once the water content becomes half, allow the decoction to cool and filter it. Add honey and lime to the mixture and drink it warm. Drink tulsi tea daily to ensure best results. You may use turmeric, ginger and pepper once every seven days.

 

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