Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is often considered the most venerable of all herbs. It is said to be the mother medicine of nature. Holy basil has great medicinal benefits and in Ayurveda, it is considered to have spiritual properties too. The such a varied range of medicinal value makes this herb highly significant.
A sacred plant with many medicinal properties
The botanical name of holy basil is Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum. It is an aromatic perennial plant that is common in the Indian subcontinent. Holy basil is different than the sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) and the latter is mostly used for culinary purpose. In Sanskrit, holy basil has different names, such as surasa, bhutagni, and tulasi. In Hinduism, tulsi is a highly religious plant and worshipped as a goddess. Not just leaves, but its seeds, stems, flowers, and oil too are considered to be sacred. Holy basil is believed to effectively clean the air of its pollutants, repel mosquitoes and flies, etc.
Pacifies Kapha and Vata doshas
Holy basil provides many health benefits according to Ayurveda. It placates Kapha and Vata doshas. For Pitta constitution, it may however, can cause aggravation. It has two variants, light green to green one called Rama tulsi, and blackish green one called Krishna tulsi. They both have similar herbal properties.
The many health benefits of holy basil you should know about
Holy basil is an effective kapha pacifier since it checks the mucous release. It has antiviral properties, which makes it an important herb in Ayurveda for treatment of microbial infections. Owing to its hot potency and appetizing taste, holy basil can stimulate the digestive system, thus helping recover the lost or reduced appetite.
The kapha-relieving property of holy basil is also beneficial for the heart. It tends to decrease cholesterol accumulation in the arteries, toning the cardiac system in the process. Its properties as an adaptogen come instrumental in curing anxiety and stress problems. Cold and cough, even hiccups can be contained or treated with holy basil.
Holy basil balances Vata and hence it is beneficial in case of quelling the excess gas formed in the stomach and helps relieve the pain caused by that. The herb has antiemetic properties too and helps relieve the vomiting tendency too. In many skin diseases, the discomfort of itching is quite usual. Tulsi can help subside such an irritation. It is also a great detoxifier and helps the body get rid of of the toxins.
Holy basil is also used to treat kidney stone condition and eye infections. The herb is significantly curative for treating asthma patients as well as those who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. The leaves, seeds, and roots of the holy basil plant are used for such medicinal usage. Holy basil is also used to treat headache, bad breath (halitosis), wheals, sinusitis, and fever.
The tulsi chai as the perfect immunity drink
A tulsi tea made with holy basil leaves, clove, and ginger is believed to be very effective against cold and cough as it boosts immunity. It should be noted that the tea should not contain any milk, since Ayurveda does not prescribe taking milk with tulsi as they are not compatible together.
Many scientific studies have found that holy basil is full of medicinal benefits. It is considered to be antimicrobial (bacteria and virii eliminating), anxiolytic(stress reducing), antilipidemic (lipid lowering), antidiabetic (glucose lowering), and antihepatotoxic (liver protective)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11).
Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal science is the most natural and effective treatment system for any disease. It also helps prevent the occurence of illnesses and helps you maintain a healthy living. Consult an Ayurveda doctor today and stay well.
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