Know why Tulsi is the Queen of Herbs
An Indian house is considered incomplete without the Tulsi plant in the aangan. The leaves, stem roots and even the land where tulsi reside is deemed to be holy. It is believed to promote happiness and long life. It is said that the wood of tulsi keeps bad influences away. Tulsi, also called Holy Basil in English, is regarded as one of the earthly manifestations of goddess Laxmi.
There are mainly three types of tulsi grown in India they are :
- Ram Tulsi, which has bright green leaves
- Krishna Tulsi with slight purple, green coloured leaves
- Common wild Vana Tulsi
But did you know that our holy Tulsi has excellent medicinal values too? Vastly cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, it has a great significance in Ayurveda. By the end of this article, we bet you would know why it is considered the “Queen of Herbs”.
Tulsi is rich in Vitamin C and zinc. Thus, it acts as a natural immunity booster and keeps infections at bay. It has immense anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties which protect us from a variety of infections.
Reduces pain and Fever
Eugenol, an aromatic compound found in Tulsi, has pain-relieving properties. As it has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties, it helps to fight infection, hence reduces Fever. The fresh juice of Tulsi taken with black pepper powder cures periodic fevers.
Phytochemicals like oleanolic acid, ursolic acid and eugenol present in tulsi have some really powerful antioxidants which protect us from skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers.
Good for Diabetes
Tulsi leaves have hypoglycemic properties, meaning it lowers the glucose level of blood sugar hence preventing complications of diabetes. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you might consider chewing 3-4 tulsi leaves every day.
Acts as an Insect repellent
If you love gardening, this is for you!! For centuries Tulsi has been used as an insect repellent. Plant some tulsi in your garden; it will keep the insects away.
Good for Skin and Hair
Tulsi leaves contain Vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin hydrated and reduces ageing signs. It also strengthens our hair roots, thus preventing hair loss. The anti-fungal properties of Tulsi avoid the development of fungus and dandruff.
Helps in reducing weight
If you are trying to lose that extra weight, pluck 5-6 leaves of tulsi and boil it in a cup of water, strain it and drink it everyday. Tulsi boosts your metabolism, thus helping you burn calories efficiently.
Keeps liver diseases at bay
According to some studies, consuming Tulsi regularly can increase the number of detoxifying enzymes in the liver. This aids liver functioning, and as a result, the liver reduces the fat cell which accumulates in the liver that can cause liver disease.
Useful in Kidney Stone and Gout Arthritis
An increase in uric acid in the body causes Kidney Stone. Tulsi detoxifies the body and has diuretic properties, which helps reduction in uric acid levels and provides relief to patients suffering from Gout.
It also helps to cure indigestion and loss of appetite and is used to treat flatulence and bloating.
It’s best to start with small quantities and increase your consumption over time. Although tulsi serves as great medicine, its overdose can cause some serious issues:
1.Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should avoid it.
2.It may lower blood sugar and should be used with caution in people who have diabetes and are on blood-sugar-lowering medication.