Tulsi or Basil Seeds:
Tulsi or Basil is a culinary herb of the family of mints. It is cultivated in India for more than 5000 of years. Tulsi or basil plant grows in rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. There are about 35 types of basil plant which differ in color and smell. But the most common types are sweet and holy basil. Sweet basil is prominently used in Italian cuisine. Holy basil is actually considered as sacred herb in India and used in almost all the religious rituals.
Basil plant generally has green leaves and brown stems. Though all the parts of basil- stems, roots, leaves and seeds- are useful for different purposes, but as a natural medicine, its leaves and seeds are used widely. Its important medicinal properties are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, restorative and aromatic. Tulsi is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese. It is rich in anti-oxidants and has anti-aging properties too.
Tulsi is good for health; it is an important part of various traditional medicines since ancient era. Tulsi or basil is good for digestion and effective against internal bacteria. It is a mildly sedative herb that is useful for lowering fever and relaxing stomach spasms. The leaves of basil are tonic. They sharpen memory, remove catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
Important Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil (Tulsi ke Fayde):
1. Good to Treat Pieria:
Basil leaves (tulsi patti) has anti-bacterial properties and protects against harmful bacteria. It is great for dental health and for healthy gums. If you are suffering from Pieria, brush your teeth with its leaves’ powder. Simply, dry some basil (tulsi) leaves in sunlight thoroughly for making powder to cure pieria ( for detailed information on remedy please refer to ‘Remedies for Pieria“).
2. Deworming of Kids:
Basil is one of the most recognized plants known for its unique health benefits. All parts of this plant are useful for health. It is a good natural remedy for deworming kids. You can extract juice of basil leaves; even the seeds (manjari) of basil are also good for deworming.
(To know about the detailed information refer to ‘Remedies for deworming kids‘)
3. Cures Low Back Pain:
Basil leaves or ‘tulsi patti’ are natural pain killer and also good for low back pain. Regular consumption of basil leaves decoction (kadha) helps to control low back pain without medicine.
For detailed procedure of making decoction (kadha) please refer to ‘Remedies for low back pain‘.
4. Tulsi for Diabetes:
Tulsi leaves are good for controlling diabetes also. Regular consumption of basil leaves can also aid in balancing various bodily processes. It counters elevated blood sugar levels and hence beneficial for diabetics.
If you are suffering from diabetes, try powder of dry basil leaves with neem and quince (bel) leaves; it works positively in most of the cases of diabetes. For detailed information refer to ‘home remedies for diabetes‘.
5. Treats Influenza or flu:
Basil or tulsi is also beneficial in treating conditions like influenza or flu. It has antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Basil tea with ginger and clove works effectively in case of influenza or flu.
For Basil Tea:
- Boil 1 cup of water in a pan with some crushed ginger.
- Add 7-9 basil (tulsi) leaves, 3-4 crushed black pepper corns, 1 clove (laung).
- Sieve it into a cup after boiling like tea and consume.
- You can take it take it 3-4 times in a day. It is a good home remedy for influenza.
Another remedial use of basil leaves to control fever is by making decoction (kadha) with cardamom (elaichi). Simply boil 12-15 leaves of tulsi with cardamom powder in half liter of water. Then drink it warm with honey (shahad) and milk; it will bring down the temperature within few minutes.
6. Cure Cold and Cough:
A. Basil leaves (tulsi patti) kadha is an effective traditional natural remedy for cold and cough; it is much popular from the times of our ancestors to alleviate coughing and cold. You can take decoction (kadha) of basil leaves with ginger (adrak) and black pepper (kali mirch) to get rid of cold.
(For detailed procedure of preparing decoction, please refer to ‘Remedies for cold‘).
B. Cold and cough among Kids:
Basil plant has mucus releasing properties and helps to cure cold and cough naturally. Combination of tulsi with ginger works as natural antibiotics and gives good results to cure cold even in small kids too.
(Refer to ‘Remedies of cold among kids‘).
Tulsi leaves are used for prevention of cold among kids. Rub its juice on nose, ear and forehead of child daily at night at the time of sleep.
7. Controls Gas and Acidity:
Basil (tulsi) leaves are used as an effective natural medicine for digestive health problems such as- gas and acidity. By eating basil leaves daily you can get relief in acidity. You can take basil juice or decoction of basil also for getting relief in acidity (for detailed remedy, refer ‘Remedies for Acidity‘).
8. Effective in Stomachache:
Tulsi or basil leaves are effective in curing stomachache. Firstly, take 20-22 leaves and grind them to make one spoon thick paste with the help of water. Then apply this paste in and around the naval point. You will get relief in your stomach ache easily with this home remedy.
9. Cures Eyes Burning:
Basil or tulsi leaves ‘ark’ cures eyes burning problem. It is a common problem which is occurred due to continuous use of computer or electronic devices.
- To get relief from this eyes burning, take some ‘Shyama tulsi’ leaves and crush them thoroughly.
- Now, extract the juice with the help of sieve or thin cotton cloth.
- Put 2 drops of this ark in your eyes daily at night till required. It is a good home remedy.
10. Controls Fever:
Tulsi is also good to control fever; To control fever without medicine-
- Boil 2 cup of water with 1 tsp basil leaves powder and 1 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder till it reduces half.
- Drink it lukewarm thrice a day till it required.
- You can use fresh tulsi leaves (10-12) in place of leaves powder.
- In addition to basil leaves, put cold water strips on forehead of the patient.
Tulsi ark also controls high fever. Give 1 tsp of its ark in high fever and put cold water strips on forehead to control fever.
11. Joint Pain and Muscular Pain:
Basil or tulsi leaves contains powerful enzyme inhibiting oils which lowers inflammation. Consequently, Tulsi leaves are most useful to cure joint pain. It is proved in some researches also. Basil contains high quantities of beta-caryophyllene which is useful in treating arthritis.
a. Every part of Tulsi is very much effective to cure any joint pain. An excellent result of this natural remedy is with goat milk.
b. Take equal amount of Tulsi roots, stems, leaves and seeds (manjari) in equal proportion and dry all of these in sunlight thoroughly. After drying, grind to make powder of them and keep it into an airtight jar. Use 6 gm of this powder with old jaggery (gur) daily. It controls inflammation and pain of arthritis, gout and joint pain.
c. If you have nerve pain, use Tulsi kadha or basil juice. To make Tulsi Kadha, boil 12-15 basil leaves in one cup of water till it reduced to half and drink it twice or thrice a day. It is a most effective home remedy to control nerve or muscles pain.
d. Make oil of basil leaves and apply on the affected area to cure pain. To make oil of basil (tulsi) leaves, boil some (20-25) leaves in 100 gm of mustard oil thoroughly and strain it. Give gentle massage with this oil 2 times a day or whenever you need it.
12. Cures Mouth Ulcers (Chhale):
Tulsi is also effective in curing mouth ulcers; with a regular use of one week mouth ulcers or chhale will be disappeared.
13. Beneficial for Liver Diseases:
Tulsi or Basil is also beneficial in treating conditions like hepatitis. It is good for liver. Eat 10-12 leaves daily in the morning after washing from warm water. It strengthens liver naturally and makes you healthy. Only need to keep it continue with patience.
14. Good to Treat Skin Problem:
Basil or tulsi is also effective in curing skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms. To cure skin disease, apply tulsi ‘ark’ on affected area; it shows good results. You can also apply fresh leaves on affected area directly; it controls infection. Therefore, basil is good for skin whether consumed or applied topically.
15. Cures Ear Pain:
Basil juice can cure ear pain without medication. Generally, children have faced the problem of ear pain. In that case, boil 10-12 leaves in some mustard oil (sarson ka tel) and mix some garlic (lahsun) juice in this oil. Let it to be cool and strain the oil into a jar. Pour 2-3 drops in ear to control pain.
16. Tulsi Juice for Dizziness or Vertigo:
Basil juice can also cure problem of vertigo or dizziness. To control dizziness, take 1 tsp of its juice with 1 tsp of honey. To extract juice, simply crush some basil leaves (12-15) and sieve by pressing with fingers. It is a good home remedy of vertigo.
17. Tulsi to cure Piles:
Basil can cure piles (bawasir) also which is most annoying disease. Its seeds (manjari) have medicinal properties and are used to control blood in piles. (For detailed procedure, refer ‘Remedies for Piles or Bawasir).
18. Good for Swollen Throat:
Basil or tulsi can treat throat related health problems without medicine. Basil is also good for swollen throat glands. Decoction (kadha) of basil leaves, ginger and black pepper works as a great natural medicine of reducing throat glands swelling.
Basil seed (manjari of Tulsi) with rock salt is another cure of swollen throat glands that keeps you away from the harmful antibiotics. (For detailed information, refer to – ‘Natural Remedies for Swollen throat Glands‘).
19. Tulsi for Sore Throat:
Basil leaves can treat sore throat naturally; take decoction of basil leaves and black pepper to get relief in sore throat whenever required. (Refer to ‘Remedies for Sore Throat‘)
20. Respiratory Problems:
Tulsi is also beneficial in treating respiratory health problems such as- chronic bronchitis, asthma etc. Basil leaves with ginger (adrak) and honey (shahad) cures bronchitis, asthma, cold and cough naturally.
Simply crush some ginger and extract its juice by pressing with finger tips (1 tsp). Now mix 1 spoon honey in it and ingest immediately. This home remedy can also be applied for children but the dosage will be the half.
21. Tulsi for Removing Kidney Stone:
Basil is good for kidney. It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body; hence eliminates risks of developing kidney stones. It also helps to remove kidney stones.
To remove kidney stone, take 1 spoon tulsi ‘ark’ with honey daily. If you want to remove kidney stone without operation, use it regularly for 6 months. It helps to break the stone into small pieces and remove through urination.
22. Protects against Stress:
Basil leaves are regarded as anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves of tulsi protect against stress significantly. For preventing stress, chew 12 leaves of basil twice daily, morning and evening. It is also advisable even for healthier person also.
In short, basil or tulsi is the most important herb which has potential to cure various diseases without medication. But before using it, ensure its pureness. It should be grown organically in unpolluted environment because polluted area may contain twice the toxicity.
There is no side effect of this herb; however pregnant or lactating mother should avoid it. Similarly, excessive use may cause acidity; so ensure its dosage before use.
Though all the ingredients used in above said natural remedies have no side effect, but if it does not suit you, stop it immediately or consult to doctor before trying.