03 September, 2018

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Holy Basil or Tulsi.

Benefits of Holy Basil / Tulsi

Holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum) considered a sacred plant in Hindu Religion. Also commonly called Tulsi or Thulasi. The health benefits of Holy Basil are numerous. Holy basil is an aromatic perennial plant belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Holy Basil has a long history in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha medicinesTulsi plant is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. Tulsi plant grows abundantly in the tropical and sub-tropical regions like Indian subcontinent Southeast Asian countries. In India, Tulsi is also cultivated for use in Ayurvedic medicines.  Holy basil is known as Kaphrao in the Thai language and finds its use in Thai cuisine. Because of its extraordinary qualities,  the Holy Basil or Tulsi has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years.  There is a practice in India to add few leaves of Holy Basil / Tulsi into the drinking water or food and it is believed that it will purify and kill the germs within.


Studies show that Holy basil contains:-

  • Vitamin A & C,
  • Calcium,
  • Iron,
  • Calcium
  • Camphor
  • Potassium
  • Essential oil containing eugenol,
  • Flavonoids, Anti-oxidants et
As per the article in J-AIM (Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine) research on Tulsi found that – “There is mounting evidence that tulsi can address physical, chemical metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise.”

 The health benefits of holy basil are utilized in oral care, treatment of fever, asthma, lung disorders, oral care, skin diseases,  stress management, and the list goes on.  Holy Basil is considered as a potent Adaptogen ( a non-toxic substance which is especially a plant extract that increases the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promotes normal physiological functioning) 

Amazing Health Benefits of Holy Basil are as below:-


1. Fever 

Holy basil is a potent antibiotic, fungicidal, germicidal and a disinfectant agent so protects our body from all sorts of viral, bacterial and fungal infections.  These properties make Holy basil a healer in Fever since it destroys all those pathogens. 
It is a well-known fact that consuming the decoction of Basil leaves and powder of ginger with pepper powder results in curing fever.

2. Treating Asthma

The asthma patient should take the blend of Tulsi crush, black pepper with salt.  Also, the leaves and flowers of Holy basil are utilized in home remedies for the relief of respiratory illness.

3. Amplify Immunity

Holy basil knows for amplifying the immune system, it protects the majority of infections from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Laboratory studies show that Holy basil is helpful in inhibiting the growth of carcinogenic (cancer-causing) cells.

4. Sugar control

Holy basil is known for a vital role in the well-being and restorative benefits of treating Diabetes. The decoction of Basil seeds is used for controlling glucose and the administration of diabetes.  This can be also used for weight loss benefits.

5. Dental Cures

Health benefits of Holy basil are utilized in curing mouth ulcers.
We can prepare herbal toothpaste with the powder of Holy Basil leaves with mustard oil, camphor. Using the juice of basil leaves with camphor for a toothache, and mouth ulcers. This juice acts as a protector of microscopic organisms and germs present in our oral hygiene. 


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6. Treats Kidney stones

Kidney stones that are caused by deposition of  Calcium oxalate in the urinary bladder and urinary tract can be relieved by drinking of Basil juice along with the Honey. This acts as a detoxifier and decreases the level of uric corrosion in the body.  Anti-inflammatory properties of basil useful in decreasing the pain caused by kidney stones

7. Skin Care

 Consuming the juice of Tulsi on a routine basis helps to keep our skin free from all infections. Rubbing Basil leaves or its oil on the skin keeps mosquitoes and other insects away.   Chemical ingredient Camphene present in the Holy Basil provides a soothing and cooling effect to the skin and the whole body. Dropping a few of Holy basil leaves into our bathing water useful in keeping skin diseases away.

8.  Headache and Migraine

Headaches due to a cough, cold  & sinus infections can be cured by uses of Holy Basil.
As per the study  - consuming Basil Tea relieves a Headache as explained at www.migrane.com.

9.  Premature Aging 

Holy basil contains excellent antioxidants like Vitamin C & A, Phytonutrients and essential oils that protect the body from all the bad effects caused by free radicals. In Ayurveda medicine, it is considered as a stimulant to retain youthful vigor and to avoid premature aging.

10.  Weight Loss

Holy basil is considered as a refresher for the body and mind.
Holy basil or Tulsi is very low in calories but high in essential nutrients, hence makes it the best natural remedy for weight loss. It is believed that drinking Tulsi tea or chewing fresh basil leaves on an empty stomach will help people lose weight and stay fit. Consuming Tulsi tea or leaves helps to improve digestion so it ensures proper bowel movement. It helps in the growth of probiotics in the body hence helps in the weight loss mechanism.
To use Tulsi for weight loss – Wash the fresh Tulsi leaves and boil them in water, add few basil seeds and two to three mint leaves and few drops of lemon to it. Drink this water early in the morning. This water can be consumed in hot or cold.

Detox power of Holy Basil

The natural detox ingredients and cleansers available in nature come with all the goodness of purity and quality. All you need to do is look into the kitchen. If you are born with a green thumb, then you should consider including holy basil in your container garden. This perennial shrub is renowned across cultures that span the length and breadth of the globe for its detox abilities. It is imperative today considering the number of pollutants that we are exposed to on a regular basis, at work, and at home, to address the need to keep the body free of these hazards as much as possible.

Even chewing on the fresh, crisp morning leaves of the holy basil help to detox the body and keep you healthy and fit. Beyond this attribute to the herb, you can keep common ailments like fevers, colds, and coughs at bay with the power of the herb. The herb grows well in all climatic conditions and thrives in the window box. The detoxing power of holy basil is something that is cost-effective and lifelong. While the sap of the herb keeps a face pack full of potent, the bark even cleanses stained teeth!

Sacred Basil is without a doubt a standout amongst other restorative herbs that have been found. It has marvelous values and therapeutic qualities.  So we should plant a Holy Basil in each house.

The information mentioned in this article is for educational purpose only and not to be considered as an alternative to medical advice. Please consult your medical consultant before adopting the suggested treatment. 
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