Okay, I hope there is no one who does not know about the “Queen of herbs”, Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), also known as the holy basil. Tulsi is and has been an essential part of the Ayurveda since ancient times. In Hinduism, it is even worshipped as a figure of Goddess. The plant is originally from India but now can be seen growing in other parts of the world such as Australia, West Africa and some Middle East countries. It is used for medical purposes as an adaptogen to fight stress related problems and for boosting energy. It contains a number of beneficial compounds which include Eugenol, which acts as a pain reliever, Apigenin, which helps in removing waste from the body at a cellular level, Lutein, helps to maintain eye health, Ocimumosides A and B, which help in reducing stress and balancing dopamine and serotonin and Ursolic and rosmarinic acid, which have anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. With all these things packed inside the herb, Tulsi is a great alternative for many diseases which I will definitely discuss further:
- HELPS FIGHTING STRESS
The ocimumosides A and B present in Tulsi help in fighting stress by lowering the levels of blood corticosteron which is a stress hormone. It is proven that Tulsi can take care of physical, chemical and psychological stress by keeping all the hormones at a balanced level and decreases the symptoms of anxiety. You can take Tulsi twice every day after meals or you can just add it to your meal. If not, adding Tulsi in your tea is another very common method Indians use for its effective results.
- RELIEVES FEVER
The presence of antibiotic and disinfectant agents can help in protecting us from bacteria and viruses which in turn can help our body to fight against fever.
- TREATS RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS
During the time of this pandemic, anything that treats respiratory problems is definitely the thing that we need right now.The presence of camphene, eugenol and cineole help in providing relief from congestion and other types of respiratory problems. Tulsi can also help to ease breathing due to its anti-asthmatic properties.
- PROTECTION AGAINST DIABETES
Tulsi can be beneficial in treating type 2 diabetes. It happens because of the phytochemical compounds present in it such as saponins, triterpenes and flavonoids which further produce the hypoglycaemic effect. It is advised only to those patients who have moderate non-insulin dependent diabetes.
- HELP FIGHTING CANCER
Yes, you heard it right! Tulsi extracts consists of radioactive properties which help the body to fight tumour cells. It may not only work as a natural cancer treatment, but can also help in preventing it on the first hand. The phytochemicals present inside the leaves of Tulsi increase the antioxidant activity inside the body and stop the process of spreading of cancer from one organ to another. In addition, it also protects the body from radiation poisoning and reduces the damage that occurs due to radiation treatment.
- GOOD FOR SKIN AND HAIR
Dealing with skin or hair related problems? Don’t worry, we got you covered. For skin, it helps you fight blemishes and acne, so no more face washes filled with chemicals. It will also help you in preventing premature ageing due to the presence of antioxidants in it. For hair, it will strengthen the hair roots preventing excess hair loss. Mix it with amla powder and make a paste and then apply on the scalp before washing your hair. It will provide nutrition and nourishment to your hair follicles thus promoting hair growth and also prevent greying hair.
- ORAL HEALTH SOLUTION
Due to its anti-bacterial properties, Tulsi can help you get rid of dental problems such as cavities, plaque and tartar. It acts as a natural mouth freshener as it kills all the bacteria present inside mouth that cause bad breath. It could help in preventing the developing of gingivitis if you regularly use a mouthwash containing Tulsi extracts. It can also help in getting rid of mouth ulcers and in addition, it can also stop the growth of oral cancer cells.
- HEALTHY EYES
Eyes are the most delicate and most vulnerable part in our body. They can easily be affected by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Herbal eye drops consisting of Tulsi extract can help in fighting against the infections caused by them. It is also prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors to fight against conjunctivitis due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
- NOT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
The herb is not suitable for pregnant women due to the presence of estragol which may lead to uterus contractions that can be dangerous to the woman and her embryo, and also could even lead to miscarriage. They also can affect the menstrual cycle in woman and also may cause diarrhoea.
- LOW SUGAR LEVELS
Tulsi does help in lowering blood sugar levels but it may be really harmful if you are already taking medications for them. Taking Tulsi along with medications can lower your blood sugar levels too much.
- THINNING OF BLOOD
Same as with the blood sugar, it is harmful if you are already taking medicines for the thinning of blood along with Tulsi as it may enhance the process thus making blood more thin.
- LIVER DAMAGE
It may affect the functioning of liver if a person is already taking pain relieving medicines.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Please consult your physician for more details.