We are used to seeing a Tulsi plant in our homes, that perhaps we do not pay much attention to it as such. Tulsi is a revered plant for Hindus, as it is used on most poojas and ceremonies. Also, most Hindus, worship this plant in their homes every day as well as, one day in the year, special poojas are performed for Goddess Tulsi. However, irrespective of religion, many Indian households may be used to using Tulsi leaves, as a highly effective home remedy for many common ailments. So, are Tulsi leaves effective and what properties do they contain, that make them so popular as an herb, even in the Western countries. Foreigners refer to it as the Holy Basil, and they even use it as an exotic herb in their cooking.
Tulsi is indeed a potent herb, with lots of medicinal properties, that can help cure few common ailments and also prevent few diseases. There is enough scientific evidence to prove many of the known and accepted healing properties of this herb, which we have known for generations. It is said that Tulsi protects our organs from chemical stress due to pollutants. It is also helpful in protecting us from physical stress as well. Tulsi is used as a medicine for common cold and cough. It is rather good in countering metabolic stress as it helps normalize blood glucose, blood pressure as well as lipid levels. Consumption of Tulsi is also said to bring in positive effects on our mind and improve our memory as well as cognitive functions.
It seems Tulsi leaves also have anti-oxidant as well as anti-depressant properties. It is used in many disinfectants, mouthwashes, and sanitizers as it also has antimicrobial properties, which even helps in wound healing. It also helps preserve food. Many Indian households use Tulsi leaves (if Darbha grass is not available), for protection from the evil effect of the highly powerful cosmic rays of the sun during the solar eclipse.
With all these qualities, Ayurveda refers to Tulsi as the “Queen of herbs,” “Mother Medicine of Nature,” “Elixir of life,” etc. It is, indeed, a revered herb that seems to have some highly effective powers that can help cure humans of a range of diseases.
Tulsi For Treatments
Tulsi is used as a cure for fever, as it has excellent germicidal, antibiotic, fungicidal, and disinfecting properties. Fever is actually a way of the human body fighting against some form of infection, which could be bacterial, viral or some other such reason. Hence, Tulsi can help heal this. Tulsi leaves are simply boiled in water, and the decoction is consumed three to four times a day for helping cure ordinary fever.
Tulsi leaves are also highly effective in curing respiratory-related disorders like cold, cough, bronchitis, asthma, etc. This is mainly due to the components like camphene, eugenol, and cineole that are present in it. It also has a few minerals that help ease the congestion, providing relief in such conditions. Along with all these, it is also rich in Vitamin C and thus, helps cure many lung disorders, including tuberculosis. Tulsi leaves can also act as preventive medicine for cancer. It is, in fact, an excellent detoxifier and if consumed daily, can help in a person’s overall wellbeing, through prevention of many ailments as well.
Since it helps reduce cholesterol, it also helps reduce heart ailments. It is also said that the potassium levels in Tulsi leaves, helps ease the tensed blood vessels, thus reducing the blood pressure and working as an anti-stress factor. We know, of course, that it is highly aromatic and perfect as a mouth freshener, and is also an oral disinfectant. Few studies have shown that Tulsi may be used in preventing and treating oral cancer. It also prevents tooth decay and bad breath.
Tulsi also reduces the uric acid levels in the body and thus, helps in preventing or easing the kidney diseases as well. It even protects your liver from damage. Just like Neem leaves, Tulsi leaves are used in bath water for protection from skin disorders too. Tulsi leaves are also said to help prevent premature aging and help people remain vigorous. It boosts your immunity and enables you to stay fit, and thus, it appears that Tulsi leaves are indeed a very powerful and healing herb, that can benefit us in many different ways.