It is believed that holy basil (tulsi) promote longevity and is regarded as the elixir of life. Holy basil is an aromatic branched shrub. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and cultivated as far as the Southeast Asian tropics. Tulsi possess strong antioxidant, anti-viral, adaptogenic, anti-bacterial, and immune enhancing properties. It is able to balance various processes in the body by helping it to adapt to stress.
Holy basil have strong aroma and astringent flavor. It has been used for thousands of years for its diverse healing properties.
1/4 cup of fresh tulsi leaves consist of:
- 1 % calcium
- 1 % potassium
- 1 % magnesium
- 31 % vitamin K
- 6 % vitamin A
- 2 % vitamin C
- 3 % manganese
- 1 % folate
Insect stings or bites: a paste of ground roots and leaf juice is effective when applied to the location of the bite or sting. Holy basil is a prophylactic and the juice of the leaves should be taken once, and again a few hours later. The leaves make a great nerve tonic.
Dermal conditions: naturopaths have successfully treated leucoderma, ringworm and other skin diseases by topically applying basil juice. A study out of Thailand discovered the antimicrobial properties of holy basil to treat acne. Distilled into a 3.0% solution, the holy basil was able to effectively kill of the bacteria that is the main cause of the acne.
Mouth and teeth: The antibacterial properties of the Holy basil keep your mouth and teeth free from bacteria. Chewing a few leaves is an effective treatment for infections and ulcers in the mouth. A paste of mustered oil and dried leaves can be used as a toothpaste. The toothpaste is great for bad breath and pyorrhea.
Kidney stones: taken regularly for 6 months, honey and basil leave juice will help to expel renal stones.
Smoking: It helps to quit smoking. Tulsi is known to have very strong anti- stress compounds and is great to help one quit smoking.
Stress: basil leaves are shown to protect against stress, chewing 12 leaves of basil, twice a day is a great preventative.
Heart health: basil can help a weakened heart from cardiac disease and it lowers blood cholesterol while purifying the blood.
Headaches: basil leaves mixed with sandalwood paste, pounded together, can be applied to the forehead, providing relief from head pain.
Respiratory health: basil leaf juice, honey and ginger will assist with asthma, bronchitis, common colds, coughs and influenza.
Colds and fevers: basil leaves boiled with tea, is utilized as prevention of malaria and dengue fever during the rainy season. For influenza, basil leaf juice, table salt and cloves will provide immediate relief. Basil leaves boiled with cardamom, water, sugar and milk is said to bring down the body’s temperature during a fever.
Coughs: Ayurvedic cough syrups contain basil because it promotes the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm in bronchitis and even asthma. Basil leaf tea can be drank or gargled to soothe a sore throat.
Stomach ailments: basil leaves strengthen the stomach. The juice of the basil leaves are a great remedy for diarrhea and vomiting.
Anti-cancer properties: the tulsi plant has been researched by the National Centre for Biological Sciences for its metabolite-biosynthesis genes, these metabolites could be utilized as anti-cancer treatments. As reported inNutrition and Cancer, researchers focused on the chemopreventive and radioprotective properties of Tulsi and noted that preclinical studies “have shown that Tulsi and some of its phytochemicals eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apegenin, myretenal, tuteolin, -sitosterol, and carnosic acid prevented chemical-induced skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers and to mediate these effects by increasing the antioxidant activity, altering the gene expressions, inducing apoptosis, and inhibiting angiogenesis and metastasis.”