Tulsi: To Combat Stress

Tulsi, also known as the Indian basil or the holy basil, is often referred to as the Queen of Herbs. Considered a holy herb, it is grown in almost every household. Apart from being considered holy, Tulsi is also revered as a great healer. Its leaves and roots are used in various medicines. Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. It is believed that Tulsi soothes and heal the mind and body. Tulsi (Holy basil) is a sacred plant in Hindu belief. Tulsi is regarded as the avatar of Lakshmi, and the consort of the god Vishnu.

The nutritional value is also high, as it contains:

• vitamin A and C
• calcium
• zinc
• iron
• chlorophyll

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Stress has become inevitable in our lives; do you know TULSI leaves can help you adapt and deal with stress better because they have something called adaptogen? Tulsi leaves are germicidal, bactericidal; cures fever respiratory infections like cough and cold, asthma. They are anti-cancer anti- Diabetes, fights acne, balance hormones. Have 10-12 washed Tulsi leaves daily to get the benefits or they can be added to regular tea or green tea also?
All parts of the holy basil plant act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance. The concept of an adaptogen is a holistic approach. But scientific research shows that holy basil has pharmacological properties to help your mind cope with many types of stress.

The source of your stress can be:
• chemical
• physical
• infectious
• emotional

Benefits of Tulsi Leaves

Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking holy basil as tea using the leaves. And since it’s caffeine-free, it’s okay and even recommended to drink daily. The act of drinking tea can be ritualistic and as calming as yoga. It fosters clear thoughts, relaxation, and a sense of well-being.

Protect against infection and treat wounds. Extracts made from its leaves are thought to boost wound healing speed and strength. Holy basil is:
• antibacterial
• antiviral
• antifungal
• anti-inflammatory
• analgesic (a painkiller)
Some people even use holy basil after surgery to heal and protect their wounds. Holy basil increases your wound’s breaking strength, healing time, and contraction. Breaking strength refers to how much pressure or weight a wound can take before it breaks.

Research shows that holy basil may work against infections and wounds, such as:
• Mouth ulcers
• Keloids
• Raised scars
• Acne
• Protect your stomach

Holy basil can counteract the effects of stress-induced ulcers. It naturally increases your stomach’s defence by:
• decreasing stomach acid
• increasing mucus secretion
• increasing mucous cells
• extending the life of mucous cells

Uses of Tulsi Leaves

1.) Tulsi leaves are often used for their various medicinal properties.
2.) They can be added to a variety of juices and syrups.
3.) You can add it to tea and herbal drinks.
4.) You can add chopped Tulsi leaves in boiling water for eight minutes and then enjoy a warm cup of this.
5.) It can be included in salads and desserts too.

In Ayurvedic practice, common uses of tulsi include treatments for:
• Asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, flu, sinusitis, sore throat and similar ailments.
• High blood pressure and high cholesterol.
• Headaches, earaches, and eye disorders.
• Skin diseases and insect bites.
• Cramping, gastric disorders, indigestion, intestinal parasites, mouth diseases, ulcers, and vomiting.
• Diabetes and blood sugar imbalances.
• Joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Kidney stones
• Malaria
• Cancer
• Anti-inflammatory
• High in antioxidants