TULSI – A Herb For Heart
Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) or tulsi is a powerful herb that has been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medical treatmets in India for thousands of years. It was believed that the holy basil leaves had potent powers to flush out toxins from the body. Even now in India, people have tulsi water (water which has tulsi leaves soaked overnight) or chew on a tulsi leaf to improve overall health. Holy basil is incredibly beneficial for human health, primarily due to the unique composition of its essential oil, containing eugenol, camphor, flavonoids, nerol, and various terpenes. Holy basil or tulsi has a pungent and bitter taste and it is not usually used for cooking. It is however used to make tulsi tea which has adaptogenic properties. it is a good source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. It also contains iron, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, A, and K.
Tulsi or basil leaves are very good for the heart. Four to six leaves can be taken daily by a heart patient daily. It reduces cholesterol, improves weakness in heart patients. Tulsi has also get good effects on Bronchitis, headache, common cold, fever. It has anti-bacterial & anti-viral action also.
Health benefits of Tulsi
• The juice of Tulsi leaves is very useful as it helps to bring down the fever.
• Chewing Tulsi leaves on an empty stomach will help you get rid of cold and flu.
• Boil few Tulsi leaves in your drinking water and use it for gargling in case of a sore throat. It is also very useful for the patients who are suffering from asthma and bronchitis.
• Headache due to heat is very common. So just make a paste of the basil leaves and sandalwood and apply it to the forehead. Its cooling effects will definitely make you feel relaxed and calm.
• Black basil juice plays a very important role for eyes diseases. A few drops of black basil juice in the eyes can cure sore eyes.
• Mix the dried leaves of basil powder with mustard oil to make a paste, massage your gums with that paste and you can also use this paste for brushing your teeth as it will help to prevent bad breath and disease like pyorrhea.
• A mixture of honey and juice of basil leaves will result in expelling renal stones through the urinary tract.
• Insect bites are very common especially during the monsoon season, hence the paste of the root of basil can be applied on that area where insect bites with its stings.
• Tulsi reduces the cholesterol levels, thus is beneficial for the patients suffering from Diabetes, thyroid and high blood pressure. Tulsi has vitamin C and other antioxidants like Eugenol, which protects the heart fron harmful effects of free radicals. Chewing Tulsi leaves every morning on an empty stomach can protect you from heart ailments.