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Tulsi has been known for its therapeutic properties for over 3500 years. It helps in keeping up the overall health of the body. According to a study in Journal of Ethnopharmacology, tulsi leaves facilitate the production of immune cells. Tulsi leaves also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. This is why it Is helpful in treating cold and coughs.
Let’s have a look at some of the other benefits of Tulsi
1. Works as a skin purifier
Tulsi acts as a home remedy for treating acne. It helps fight other skin infections internally as well as externally.
2. Helps in diabetes
Tulsi has the power to control blood sugar levels. Studies have concluded that tulsi leaves can greatly benefit people suffering from mild to moderate non-insulin dependent diabetes.
3. Helps fight cancer
Researches have shown that people who regularly eat tulsi leaves are less likely to develop cancer cells. Due to the presence of phytochemicals and antioxidants, cancer cells are damaged before growth.
4. Lowers stress
Tulsi naturally balances hormone levels. Adding tulsi leaves in your meals leave a soothing effect on your body. It can also improve physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress.
5. Brings relief to respiratory disorders
Tulsi leaves contain camphene, eugenol and cineole. These components bring relief to the symptoms of respiratory disorders like congestion. They possess anti-asthmatic properties.
6. Rich in Vitamin K
Tulsi leaves are loaded with vitamin K. it is essential for bone health and heart health. The various benefits of vitamin K includes, improved brain function, healthy metabolism and cellular health.
7. Oral Health
Tulsi fights bacteria in the mouth and prevents cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. They also eliminate ulcers in the mouth and can also stop the growth of mouth cancer cells.
8. Relieves headache
Tulsi brings relief to headache as it seems to alleviate the pressure on the sinus. It is the most common home remedy for migraines.
Ways to use tulsi
- You can drink herbal tea diffused with tulsi leaves twice a day
- You can also chew tulsi leaves
In a study conducted by Prof. Marc Maurice Cohen, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Australia, he defines tulsi as “an herb for all reasons.” He mentions how budding research is proving the long known benefits of tulsi. Dr. S. Vidyasagar, an ayurvedic doctor and former chief superintendent of pharmacy, Government Ayurvedic Hospital, Hyderabad, believes that Tulsi can be termed as one of the most vital herbs to help in the treatment of diseases like dengue and chikungunya.