Tulsi plant is an annual herb. It grows to a short height and lives for a span of one year.
It is worshiped as a holy plant and kept in many households and gardens.
Besides, it is also a part of alternative medicine. This holy Tulasi is also called as Basil.
The health benefits of the Tulsi herb are many. Some people consume its leaves on a regular basis to gain therapeutic benefits.
Its botanical name Ocimum sanctum and is one of the important medicinal plants.
The parts of tulsi generally used are leaves, flowers, seeds, stems and dried roots.
Below is the list of uses of tulsi plant based on different parts of the plant. Still, the list is not exhaustive.
♣ Decongestant action to relieve nasal stuffiness,
♣ As nerve tonic to soothe nerves and tension.
♣ Tulsi is an adaptogen, i.e., consumption of Tulsi is known to boost immunity and helps tolerate stress.
♣ Even as a memory sharpener,
Tulsi tea or decoction is used to prevent malaria, dengue fever. Also used for common cold.
♣ In acute fevers, the temperature is lowered by administration of decoction of leaves.
♣ Aqueous extract, i.e., tulsi leaf juice is used as a gargle to treat a sore throat.
♣ It is also believed that the aqueous extract of leaves taken with honey for six months expels kidney stones.
♣ It lowers cholesterol and hence it is cardioprotective.
♣ In respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, cold, influenza are treated with leaf extract.
♣ Leaves, when chewed, relieve mouth ulcers and infections.
♣ Leaf extract is sufficient to treat skin disorders like ringworm etc.
♣ Dried leaf powder is used for brushing the teeth. In the preparation of toothpaste for dental health.
♣ Extract of black tulsi leaves is used to treat sore eyes and night-blindness.
♣ Stomachic to promote hunger or appetite.
♣ As an expectorant to help remove phlegm from bronchi and also to treat bronchitis
♣ In relieving coughs due to any irritants.
♣ For relief from diarrhea
♣ In the case of an epidemic, as prophylaxis (to prevent) against influenza, cholera, and malaria
Uses of Tulsi seeds:
The solution of tulsi plant seeds with milk or water is a
♠ Good anti-oxidant,
♣ It also possesses anti-ulcer, antiemetic, anti-diarrheal properties.
Uses of Tulsi root:
Dried tulsi root powder mixed with milk or ghee etc. is good
a) For malaria fever
b) To relieve insect pain and sting bites.
c) Fresh roots are made into a paste and applied to areas where leeches or insects bite.
Uses of tulsi stem:
This is a bit funny application but widely believed.
When one applies the powder of dried tulsi stem on the forehead as a tilak. It helps to gain the attention of listeners to you during a speech.
In general, it is consumed in daily life as tulsi green tea, seeds as a condiment in foods, tulsi leaves after prayer as holiness.
Tulsi tablets and capsules:
Aerial plant extract of tulsi is used for respiratory disorders.
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder),
- Bronchitis and seasonal cold.
It helps to dilate the respiratory tract, mobilize the mucous secretions, minimize allergy and cough. Thus it helps to relieve chest congestion, facilitate better breath and recover from respiratory disease.
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