Tulsi or Holy basil is a well-known plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is found in India and is widely grown throughout Southeast Asia.

Studies have shown that Tulsi is highly effective in protecting our body from various diseases affecting the heart, liver, skin, kidneys, etc. Therefore, it is aptly named the ‘Queen of Herbs’. Tulsi has a special place in Ayurveda as well. as a Hindu home in India. It is considered sacred by Hindus and is worshiped by them.

Holy basil is considered to be a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Researchers have shown that it possesses anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties, similar to those found in anti-depressant drugs. Studies have shown that it can help people to feel more at ease and less anxious. Holy basil has been shown to improve the health of your body in a variety of ways. It can help prevent infections, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, relieve joint pain, and protect your stomach. There are many ways to incorporate holy basil into your daily life. You can cook with it, take it as a supplement form, or make tea with it. Holy basil is also available as an essential oil.

Nutritional Value

Tulsi leaves are rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. It also has a good amount of protein and fiber.

Holy basils grown in India

Three main varieties of Tulsi appear to be growing in India:
    1.The blue leaves are called Ram Tulsi.

2.The green leaves are called Krishna Tulsi
    3.The common Tulsi, wild.

Different parts of the plant are recommended for the treatment of various condition.

⦁ Use essential oils made from the leaves for insect bites.
⦁ Use its new flowers for the respiratory tract.
⦁ Use the pill and ointment to treat eczema.
⦁ Use alcohol extracted for stomach ulcers and eye infections.
⦁ Use leaves and seeds, with black pepper, for malaria.
⦁ Use the whole plant for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

The versatile nature of Tulsi is commendable and has been helping us since ages.

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