tulsi is often referred to as the “queen of herbs” and has been an integral tonic of india’s holistic health system of ayurvedic medicines. in fact, the health benefits of tulsi leaves have been documented as early as 5000 bc. tulsi tea
holy basil tea (see recipe below), is made from the leaves and blossoms of the revered tulsi or holy basil plant. also referred to as tulsi tea, the popular drink originated in india thousands of years ago and is known for its rich antioxidant properties that promote wellness and longevity. recognized for its appealing taste and health benefits, the herb contains hundreds of compounds that work together to create strong antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and immune-enhancing properties.
these properties support the body’s natural defense systems that fight against germs, stress, and disease. drinking holy basil tea regularly is thought to “rejuvenate the soul” by balancing metabolism, building stamina, and promoting mental clarity.
some of the most common health benefits of tulsi are:
- strengthens the immune system, promotes longevity and enhances well-being.
- promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress.
- increases the body’s efficiency in using oxygen, which improves stamina, strength and endurance.
- promotes respiratory health.
- helps with digestion and gastrointestinal problems.
- reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources.
- relieves inflammation from arthritis and other diseases.
- helps fight infections.
how to use tulsi:
- in alleviating asthma and bronchitis symptoms
the leaves of the tulsi are effective expectorants and promote the release of mucus in bronchitis and asthma, thus, facilitating breathing. a decoction made of tulsi leaves, honey and ginger is effective for asthma, bronchitis and influenza.
- for cold and flu
chewing the leaves of the holy basil helps relieve symptoms of cold and flu.
- for sore throat
boil a few leaves of tulsi in about half a liter of water. drink this tulsi tea (see recipe below) or use it as a gargle at least three times a day. you can also add cloves to this concoction for more benefits.
- relieving fever
the antimicrobial properties of the tulsi leaves is said to make it an excellent treatment for fever. the leaves can be boiled in half a liter of water and mixed with honey and milk. tulsi extract added to water can also be given every 2-3 hours for bringing down the fever.
- effective for skin disorders
the juice of the tulsi plant may help in the treatment of skin diseases such as ringworm and leucoderma.
tulsi leaves can be applied on the infected area to cure skin diseases. you can also add a few tulsi leaves to your bath water to cure infections as well as prevent their occurrence.
how to make tulsi tea
- 1 litre pure water
- ½ cup tulsi leaves or 2 tea spoon tulsi powder
- 2 tea spoon lemon grass
- 1tea spoon coriander seeds
- An inch long crushed ginger
- 1table spoon coconut sugar or raw honey
- infuse the above ingredients in boiling hot water for 20 minutes
- strain, then add sweeteners
- drink as a hot cup of tea or serve iced.
tulsi- the spiritual aspect and benefits
tulsi is thought to be the most sacred of woods in india and indian worship, and the plant of tulsi is believed to be the incarnation of the divine itself. the tulsi mala is made of the wood or the seeds of tulsi and is used for name chanting and worship. moreover, the tulsi mala is said to have incredible spiritual and physical healing powers apart from helping the mind to focus during prayers.
the tulsi mala can be worn on the neck or tied around the fist. the benefits of the leaves of tulsi is well proven, and owing to its spiritual and physical healing powers, the touch of the tulsi wood acts as a rejuvenator for the stressed mind and brings the spiritual self of a person closer to god. on top of that, wearing the tulsi mala is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the devoted wearer. tulsi clears the aura, and its subtle smell fills the heart with sensation of the divine. the tulsi mala is used to worship lord ram and krishna, different incarnations of lord vishnu who is believed to be the creator and the beloved of the tulsi.
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