27 Life Changing Health Benefits Of Tulsi
Have you ever come across the mind-blowing health benefits of Tulsi or Holy Basil? If your answer is no, believe me, you're missing out on the best herb on this planet.
There is good reason why Tulsi is known as ‘The Queen of Herbs’ in Ayurveda. In this post, I show you not only how Tulsi's great for your health but I'll also take you through the beauty benefits of Tulsi with practical tips that you can use straight away.
Who wouldn’t want to use Tulsi when it has tons of benefits packed into a single herb - it’s anti parasitic, antibacterial, full of antioxidants, stress relieving, immune-boosting, digestion-stimulating and to top it all - anti-aging. Tulsi is totally an alpha female’s best friend!
This ancient medicinal plant has a sacred place in Indian homes. Also called Holy Basil in English and Luole in Chinese, this plant is found in 12 different varieties all over the world.
Throughout the centuries, this ancient herb has been used for general wellness and curing common ailments such as cough, cold, stress and fever.
It also treats a vast variety of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery, skin disorders, arthritis, eye diseases and cardiac issues. Tulsi supports the immune, respiratory and digestive systems. It also promotes metabolism and helps you maintain oral health.
So, come along with me as I run you through the ample health benefits of Tulsi.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TULSI
1. SUPERB STRESS BUSTER
Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb and adaptogens help your body deal with stress in a healthy way. A herb for all seasons, Tulsi alleviates physical, mental, metabolic and environmental stress.
2. PROMOTES HORMONAL BALANCE
Too much stress in your daily life can shoot up your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone and its over-secretion can cause fatigue, weak muscles, depression, anxiety, cognitive issues, high blood pressure and bone loss. Tulsi calms your mind and body, keeps your cortisol under check and balances your hormones.
3. TREATS DIABETES
Tulsi is an anti-diabetic herb due to its ability to control blood sugar levels. Studies provide the evidence that Tulsi can lower blood glucose and prevent metabolic damage done by high glucose.
4. COMBATS CARDIAC DISEASE
One of the most surprising health benefits of Tulsi is that it can prevent heart attack and coronary heart disease. This is because it is loaded with compounds that have therapeutic powers.
5. TREATS CANCER
Medical research shows that Tulsi boosts the immune system and regular consumption of Tulsi can prevent cancer in the long term. It has phytochemicals which can be particularly helpful in fighting skin, oral, liver and lung cancers.
6. HEALS BRONCHITIS, ASTHMA & OTHER LUNG DISORDERS
Tulsi is a magical herb for your lung health because it is rich in vitamin-C and has hundreds of healing compounds that can cure lung infections and congestion. It can provide relief from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and even heal the damage caused by smoking.
7. WEIGHT LOSS
Need to shed those extra pounds? Tulsi boosts your body’s metabolism and helps you lose weight. It cleans and strengthens your digestive system which is important for weight loss to happen in healthy way. By the way, it's also low in calories in case you’re on a diet.
Instead of drinking sugar iced tea, drink this refreshing Tulsi Iced Tea and manage your weight better.
8. RELIEVES SORE THROAT
My tried and tested way to relieve a sore throat is a cup of Tulsi ginger tea. You can get this tea in a health food store or make a fresh one from scratch at home. All you need is an inch of minced ginger and coarsely chopped fresh Tulsi leaves. Just boil these 2 together and have a cup every 3 hours to see how it calms down your throat.
If you like a milky Indian-style chai, then you'll love this Vegan Holy Basil Chai recipe.
9. HELPS DIGESTION
The health benefits of Tulsi are just not restricted to healing serious diseases. Tulsi is a perfect digestive aid and can treat problems like constipation, bloating, acidity, gas and loss of appetite.
Want to heal your gut naturally? Try making this Tulsi Ginger Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic.
10. AIDS ORAL HEALTH, CURES BAD BREATH & TREATS GUM DISEASES
Being antibacterial, Tulsi fights the growth of nasty bacteria in your mouth, removes plaque buildup, makes gums healthy and keeps bad breath at bay. You can make your very own Tulsi tooth powder and use it to brush twice daily (you can find the recipe at the end of this post).
11. REMOVES KIDNEY STONES
Since Tulsi supports kidney function, it also helps you get rid of renal or kidney stones naturally. If you drink basil leaf juice blended with honey regularly, this will lower uric acid levels in your body and will flush out any stones through your urinary tract.
12. RELIEVES HEADACHES
Ever get those annoying headaches? I used to get them before and using Tulsi helped me a lot. To get rid of a headache, try making a Tulsi steam inhalation.
To make the steam, boil 2 cups of water in a pot and put 2 spoonfuls of dried basil leaves into it. Then cover your head with a big towel and lean over the pot. Be sure to keep your face away from the hot surface of the pot. Now inhale this steam for 10 minutes.
Also, sip on a cup of Holy Basil & Chamomile Tea and take a nap after the steam session, you’ll feel much better afterwards.
13. CURES FEVER
Tulsi offers a powerful cure for different kinds of fever. It protects you from viral infections by killing the germs and disinfecting the body. If you have a high fever, here’s what you can do to cure it naturally - boil 10 Tulsi leaves and 1 tsp of ground cardamom with 2 glasses of water (approx 16 oz) for 7-10 minutes.
Have this with honey to reduce your fever. The same infusion can also prevent mosquito borne infectious diseases like dengue and malaria.
14. NATURAL WAY TO QUIT SMOKING
Looking to quit smoking naturally? Antioxidant-rich Tulsi reverses lung damage caused by smoking and helps you quit without major withdrawal symptoms. You can quit smoking by drinking Tulsi juice or chewing on 5-6 leaves every day.
15. HEALS INSECT BITES
Whether you spend time indoors or outdoors, you always run a chance of getting bitten by mosquitoes and bugs. Tulsi comes in pretty handy to heal insect bites and stings. Apply a paste of Tulsi powder or Tulsi leaf juice to the affected area after every couple of hours to get relief.
16. RELIEVES PAIN
If you get pains and aches in the body, it’s best to avoid commercial painkillers because they come with a range of side effects. That’s why I rely on Tulsi to suppress inflammatory pain and the best part is that it’s free of any harmful side effects.
17. RICH IN VITAMIN K
This one is probably one of the lesser known health benefits of Tulsi. Tulsi is super rich in Vitamin K which is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is used by the liver for proper blood clotting and promotes good bone strength and prevents heart disease.
If you want to cool down with a healthy drink on a hot summer day (and get that Vitamin K too), this Holy Basil, Ginger & Lime Tea with Cacao Nibs recipe is for you.
Just so you don't forget all the benefits of Tulsi, here's a video about it with a Tulsi Tea recipe:
Ladies, I’ve listed the overall health benefits of Tulsi, but wait a sec, I’ve got a whole list with beauty benefits of Tulsi waiting for you!
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF TULSI
18. MAKES HAIR STRONG & REDUCES HAIR LOSS
Hair loss is very common nowadays because of our lifestyle, diet, pollution and stress. Massaging your scalp with Tulsi-infused hair oil can improve blood circulation, revive damaged hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut or almond oil with 1 teaspoon of Tulsi leaf paste to make a hair growth tonic. You can massage your scalp with it twice a week.
Want an Ayurvedic dandruff solution? One of reasons for dandruff is a dry scalp. Check out my recipe for homemade anti-dandruff Tulsi oil at the end of this post.
20. FIGHTS PREMATURE GRAYING
Have you spotted new strands of grey hair on your head? If you’re under 50, this is premature graying of hair. Using a herbal hair wash powder made with Tulsi and Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) can prevent you from getting gray hair.
21. REJUVENATES & TIGHTENS SKIN
One of my favorite beauty benefits of Tulsi is skin rejuvenation & tightening. A Tulsi face mask is anti-aging and full of antioxidants that combat the damage done by free radicals in the body. It gives you clear, tight and glowing skin. Read the rest of the blog to get my personal Tulsi face mask recipe.
Still have acne breakouts? Well, many young women who are stressed tend to get pimples on their face. Acne also happens due to a bad diet, dirty pillows and hormonal imbalance. You can use a anti-acne Tulsi face mask to get rid of those zits (this mask is antibacterial and antifungal). Mix 1/2 tsp Tulsi powder, ½ tsp sandalwood powder, ¼ tsp neem powder with 1-2 tbsp of rose water and apply it your face 2 times a week.
23. REMOVES SCARS & PREVENTS BLACKHEADS
If you have any scars left behind by old acne breakouts or blackheads, you can also use tulsi paste/mask to clear your skin.
24. PREVENTS SKIN INFLAMMATION
Tulsi is anti-inflammatory so it has the power to cool down your skin from the inside and outside. Inflamed skin tends to get dry, red, swollen and itchy. Drinking Tulsi tea, taking Tulsi capsules and using Tulsi face masks can remove any skin inflammation and itchiness you may have.
25. TREATS CUTS, SCRAPES AND BURNS
This herb kills many kinds of fungus and bacteria. It is perfect for healing cuts and scrapes. Just dab a bit of Tulsi paste on the wound a couple of times day to heal it. In case you have a burn, apply fresh Tulsi leaf juice to it and see it get better.
26. RINGWORM REMEDY
What I like most is that the beauty benefits of Tulsi take skin repair to a whole new level. For example, Tulsi can even cure a skin disease like ringworm. If you have ringworm, grind a handful of Tulsi leave and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to make a paste. Apply this on the infected area.
27. CURES VITILIGO
Vitiligo is chronic skin disorder in which white patches appear on the skin. Tulsi promotes the growth of melanin pigment in the skin which prevents vitiligo. Applying equal parts of fresh Tulsi and lemon juice on the patchy area for 20 minutes can be useful.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHEN USING TULSI
Pregnant and lactating women should not use Tulsi without consulting a doctor.
When I first found out the benefits of Tulsi, I couldn’t wait to use it myself! Are you ready to give it a try? Here's my post on How To Use Tulsi which shows you many simple ways to use this herb.
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