Health benefits of Basil (Tulsi)

Zee Media Bureau

The holy basil or Tulsi holds special significance in the Hindu tradition. But apart from its religious implication, Basil is a storehouse of medicinal and health benefits. Tulsi leaves are widely used in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines. Known as the ‘Queen of herbs’, Tulsi heals the mind, body and spirit.

-The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. It can also cure malaria and dengue.

-Tulsi is an important ingredient of many Ayurvedic cough syrups. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu and useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder.

-Basil leaves are regarded as an `adaptogen` or anti-stress agent. Chewing basil leaves can considerably reduce your stress. This is due to its strong aroma and astringent properties.

-Basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases like leucoderma.

-Tulsi has the ability to strengthen the kidneys and can be quite effective in dealing with painful kidney stones.

-Tulsi also has anti-ageing properties and boosts immunity and memory. So start your day everyday with Tulsi tonic tea.

- Due to its antibacterial properties Basil provides easy oral and dental care.

-Tulsi is one of the best plants that possess antioxidant properties. It is because it has high amount of Eugenol that can reduce the amount of glucose in type 2 diabetics.

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