Tulsi (also known as Basil) is known across India for its religious significance. It is grown in most houses in the country as it is considered auspicious and brings good fortune to the place where is planted. Apart from being of utmost religious importance, there are many medicinal benefits of Tulsi that facilitate the well-being of the mind and body.
Medicinal Benefits of Tulsi:
1. Works Against Fever
Tulsi has anti-germicidal and anti-bacterial qualities that can help the body to fight against harmful bacteria that cause fever. In the case of a high fever, boil the leaves with cardamom in half a liter of water and let it reduce to half its volume. Add milk and sugar to this decoction and sip it every two to three hours to get relief from fever.
2. Helps Reduce Stress
Drinking Tulsi induced drinks regularly, either in water or in tea; helps maintain the normal level of stress hormone cortisol in the body. Chewing on its leaves in a high-stress environment also helps relieve stress considerably.
3. Helps Quit Smoking
Being an effective anti-stress food item, Tulsi also helps a person to quit smoking. Its leaves have a cooling effect on the throat that is very similar to menthol. This cooling effect also helps suppress the urge to smoke.
4. Cures A Headache
If you have headaches that are caused by stress, migraines or sinusitis, worry not, it can help ease your pain. To cure your headache, crush some leaves and boil it in water. Let the water cool down to room temperature and soak a towel in it. Place the towel on the area where the pain is intense and watch as it helps relieve your headache in no time.
5. Protects The Heart
Tulsi has a strong antioxidant present in it called Eugenol which helps the body to maintain the blood pressure levels, as well as, cholesterol levels. Chewing a couple of leaves on an empty stomach early in the morning will help prevent your body from heart-related ailments.
So start this new habit today and get yourself some tulsi leaves for a healthy body.