Tulsi Plant and its Benefits

Chronic lifestyle-related diseases are the main cause of morbidity and mortality globally, and many of them may be addressed using Ayurveda’s focus on healthy living practises and regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn) is the most significant herb used in Ayurveda, and new research is demonstrating its medicinal effects. Tulsi has a distinct set of pharmacological properties that may be used to alleviate physical, physiological, metabolic, and psychological stress. Tulsi has been proven to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress produced by industrial pollutants and heavy metals, as well as physical stress induced by prolonged physical activity, ischemia, physical restriction, cold exposure, and excessive noise. Tulsi has also been shown to alleviate metabolic stress by normalising blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, as well as psychological stress by enhancing memory and cognitive function and acting as an anxiolytic and antidepressant.
Tulsi has been proven to be extremely effective in protecting our bodies against a variety of diseases and disorders, including those affecting the heart, liver, skin, and kidney, among others. As a consequence, Tulsi has earned the title “Queen of Herbs”.
Tulsi contains the essential oil eugenol, which is also present in clove essential oil and Peruvian balsam. While small amounts of eugenol may protect the liver from toxin-induced damage, higher levels of eugenol may cause liver damage, nausea, diarrhoea, rapid heartbeat, or convulsions.

Tulsi has a special place in Ayurveda as well as in India, the home of Hindus. Hindus see it as sacred and love it. Tulsi grows in three varieties in India:
* The brilliant green foliage of Ram Tulsi
* The purplish green leaves of Krishna Tulsi
* The common wild Tulsi Vana
The following are some of Tulsi’s research-backed benefits:
1. Natural Immune Booster: Tulsi is rich in vitamin C and zinc. As a consequence, it acts as a natural immune booster and aids in the prevention of diseases. It has potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that protect people from a variety of diseases. Tulsi leaf extract strengthens the immune system by boosting the activity of T helper and natural killer cells.
2. Fever (antipyretic) and Pain (analgesic) Reduction: Tulsi has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help in the battle against diseases by reducing fever. Fever may be relieved by mixing fresh Tulsi juice with black pepper powder. Tulsi leaves boiled in half a litre of water with powdered cardamom (elaichi) and sugar and milk are also beneficial in reducing body temperature.
3. Relieves Cold, Cough, and Other Respiratory Disorders: Tulsi includes camphene, cineole, and eugenol, which help to alleviate chest colds and congestion. Tulsi leaf juice, when mixed with honey and ginger, may help cure bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough, and cold symptoms.
4. Reduces Stress & Blood Pressure: Tulsi contains the compounds Ocimumosides A and B, which aid in the reduction of stress and blood pressure. These molecules reduce stress and assist the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine balance in the brain. Tulsi’s anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation and blood pressure.
5. Anti-cancer properties: Tulsi includes phytochemicals with strong antioxidant properties. As a consequence, they help prevent skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers.
6. Good for Heart Health: Tulsi has a substantial effect on the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases by reducing blood cholesterol levels, preventing ischemia and stroke, lowering blood pressure, and having higher antioxidant properties. Find out more about heart-healthy practises.
7. Diabetic Benefits: Tulsi leaf extract has been shown to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics.
8. Useful in Kidney stones & Gouty Arthritis: Tulsi detoxifies the body and acts as a diuretic, making it beneficial for kidney stones and gouty arthritis. It reduces uric acid levels in the body, which is the main cause of kidney stones. Lower uric acid levels are also beneficial to Gout patients.
9. Useful in Gastrointestinal Disorders: Tulsi leaves are useful in treating indigestion and a loss of appetite. They are also used to alleviate bloating and gas.
10. Good for Skin & Hair: Tulsi is good for the skin and hair. It aids in the removal of pimples and acne. It is rich in antioxidants, which help to prevent premature ageing. Tulsi also strengthens the roots of our hair, which aids in the prevention of hair loss. Tulsi’s antifungal properties aid in the prevention of fungus and dandruff.
11. Oral and Dental Health: Because of its outstanding teeth and gum strengthening properties, tulsi is often utilised in herbal toothpaste. Furthermore, it may be used to treat oral ulcers, providing comprehensive dental health care.
How Should Tulsi Be Taken?
*  Use Tulsi leaves uncooked, plucked fresh from the plant, in tea or to make kadha.
*  Tulsi tea: To make tulsi tea, heat 1 cup of water and pour it over 1 teaspoon of fresh tulsi leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of dried tulsi leaves, or 1/3 teaspoon of tulsi powder. Soak the water in a saucepan or cup for 15-20 minutes. After that, sift the leaves, drizzle with honey if desired, and serve.
* Tulsi powders and supplements are currently for sale on the market.