Ayurveda: Tulsi -The Queen of Herbs
Ayurveda refers, Tulsi (Holy Basil) as “the incomparable one,” “mother medicine of nature” and “the queen of herbs” and is revered as a sacred plant. Tulsi’s life-enhancing qualities, repeatedly noted in ancient Indian scriptures dating back over 5,000 years. It is revered as an elixir of life for both its medicinal and spiritual properties.
In Hinduism, tulsi is worshipped as a goddess and every part of the tulsi plant is revered and considered sacred, including the leaves, stem, flower, root, seeds and oil. Every Hindu household has a Tulsi plant which is used as raw leaves or as a leaf tea for spiritual and religious practices.
Tulsi belongs to the mint family and has two main varieties. The greener variety is called Rama Tulsi and the greenish black variety is called Krishna Tulsi. Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, should not be confused with Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum, which is commonly used for culinary purposes.
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- Paste of tulsi leaves when applied on inflamed areas helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
- It is beneficial to smear crushed tulsi leaves on skin rashes, ringworm affected areas and insect bites
- Make a smooth paste of tulsi leaves and apply it on acne and pimple to see effective results.
- Fresh tulsi juice mixed with ginger and honey help to reduce cough and cold.
- Tulsi decoction is very beneficial in fevers like dengue and malaria.
- Gargling with tulsi tea or decoction helps to reduce throat pain and mouth ulcers.
- Regular consumption of Tulsi leaves help to control diabetes and blood cholesterol.
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