Health Benefits of Tulsi (Basil)
Throughout India Tulsi is acclaimed as “The Queen of Herbs” and is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing powers. Tulsi is known as “Holy Basil” makes a delicious and nourishing herbal tea abundant with a vast array of health benfits.
Medical usage of Tulsi
- Respiratory Diseases (Cold, Flu) –
Pure Tulsi Tea will make you sweat. You can steep ¼ teaspoon each of tulsi, dry ginger and ½ of cinnamon for 1 cup of hot water. Take 2 – 3 times a day.
- Cough with Mucus –
(Kaphatype Cough). Use Tulsi Juice with honey.
- Indigestion from overeating –
As a mild digestive aid tulsi treats all three doshas strengthening agni (digestive fire) which proper function is the core of health.
- Fever –
Tulsi’s special action (prabhava in Sanskrit) is to bring down old, deep, periodic fever often of unknown genesis. In that case it is sometimes used with black pepper.
- Diarrhea –
Rice pudding prepare with soaked tulsi seeds is used to treat diarrhea.
- Heart –
Combined with Arjuna, Tulsi makes an excellent general heart tonic.
- Antioxidant –
Due to high content of flavonoid tulsi works as an antioxidant.
- Fungal Infection on the skin –
Use fresh juice.
- For clarity of mind –
Takes as tea with honey.
- Ear Infection –
Tulsi essential oil is inserted into the ear.
- Nausea or vomiting –
Use equal amount of fresh basil juice and honey. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day.
- Meditative and Energetic usage –
Tulsi stems are worn as rosaries to promote the quality of attachment. Tulsi clears the aura and strengthens the immune system. Tulsi gives the power of pure awareness.
Beauty Care with Tulsi
- Grey Hair –
This Pitta condition is successfully treated using tulsi oils as scalp applications and nasya; or drinking tulsi tea.
- Cleansing Powder –
Along with other herbs dried powdered tulsi can be used mixed with chickpea flour or clay and water as daily skin cleanser.
- Scrubs –
Mix tulsi powder with Aloe Vera juice, milk or cream.
- Lotion for Dry Skin –
Use sesame or avocado oil enriched with tusli.
How to take Tulsi
- In Tea –
Traditionally tulsi is given as a tea. Start with 3 teaspoons of dry herb brewed into water per day. Gradually increases the amount of tea until you get the results you are looking for. Stop taking if some digestive stress occurs. When digestion returns to normal, resume with lesser amount.
- Fresh Juice –
Take ½ ounce three times a day.
- Medicated Oil or Ghee –
It can be made by cooking tulsi leaf in sesame or mustard oil or ghee.