The oil of the tulsi leaves is derived from the perennial herb, Gymnema sylvestre, also known as Holy Basil. It grows in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Its popularity in the West is due to its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties which are said to be capable of reducing or inhibiting the growth of certain microorganisms. Its effect on the skin has also been proven by a lot of research. The anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi leaves make it a great ingredient in healing acne scars.
Tulsi leaves (Basil leaves in hindi) have been used for ages in Ayurveda to treat various disorders and illnesses. In fact, it has been widely used since ancient times to treat such common ailments as asthma, arthritis, fever, colds and indigestion. It is also used to prevent hair loss and promote hair rejuvenation. It has long been a favorite home remedy in India for treating constipation, kidney problems and other digestive ailments. Its healing effects on the skin are proven by a lot of research. That is why tulsi leaves are widely used in creams and ointments intended to treat acne.
Treatment for Kidney Stones
For those who have kidney stones, tulsi leaves help treat the disease better than any other ingredient in the medicine. It reduces pain caused by the formation of stones in the kidneys. Tula, the Latin name of Tulsi, means “ashes to wash away”. According to Indian tradition, when Lord Krishna washed his hands before performing his devotional exercises, he was surprised to find that all the germs were washed away with the water. This was true because tulsi was often used as a disinfectant for household cleansings. The juice of tulsi leaves is applied topically on the affected area for better absorption.
Urinary and Digestive
Besides treating urinary and digestive ailments, tulsi leaves can also treat many other health problems such as anxiety, depression, asthma, diarrhea, dyspepsia, fatigue, headache, insomnia, rheumatism, swelling, detoxification, weight loss and many others. Medicines like
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri),
- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi),
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera),
- Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)
- Mandukparni (Centella asiatica)
Used to provide relief from bowel and urinary tract infections.
These are used to improve appetite and digestion. Medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’ dhatu (tissue) of the body are useful for improving immunity and curing many conditions. These include chronic dysentery, diabetes, dropsy, osteoarthritis, anemia and many others. Ashwagandha is especially useful for improving immunity and treating inflammation as it contains an extremely powerful antioxidant.
Grow The Tulsi Plant
Tulsi is a perennial herb and so is very easy to grow. The best time to grow the tulsi plant is from spring to summer. In the winter it is possible to dig it up and collect the leaves, stems and roots, but this may not be possible everywhere. If you live in an area where there is less sunlight, then you may have to store the leaves until the plant comes out again in the spring. Many people who live in warmer climates benefit from drying the leaves on a regular basis, and then burning or eating them fresh.
Boost Immune System
The main benefits of tulsi plant are its ability to boost the immune system and to promote good overall health. Studies have shown that it helps to reduce the effects of stress, and it helps to increase energy levels and concentration. It can even increase your chances of getting rid of depression.
Anti-Fungal and Anti-Inflammatory
Other important benefits of using Tulsi Leaves are its anti-viral properties, its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to detoxify and cleanse. All these properties make the leaves excellent for use as a natural remedy against coughs and colds, flu, allergies, fatigue, sore throats and many other diseases. By applying freshly collected leaves on the affected areas, you can immediately begin to feel the positive benefits of relief. But you need to remember that tulsi plant should not be ingested. It is a strong herb and may cause diarrhea if it is taken orally. If you know that you are allergic to ragweed or tea tree oil then you should avoid using it altogether.
Next time you are feeling stressed out, tired or depressed, try some fresh Tulsi Leaves and enjoy the goodness that they can offer you. The wonderful effects on both the mind and the body will amaze you. Not only will your depression be gone, but your kidney stones will too. Try some today!