Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil

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. 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.

Properties of Tulsi:

Basil or tulsiBasil 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 and has been an important part of traditional remedies since ancient time. (1) It is good for digestion and effective against internal bacteria. In addition, it is a mild sedative herb that is useful for lowering fever and relaxing stomach spasms. The leaves of basil work as a tonic and help to sharpen memory.

Major Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil:

1. Tulsi for Pieria:

Anti-bacterial properties of basil leaves help to protect against harmful bacteria. It is great for over all dental health. 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 also read ‘7 Best natural Remedies of Pieria“).

2. Deworming of Kids:

Most recognized plant of Basil is good for deworming kids. You can give its juice to your child for deworming.

(Also read ‘12 Natural Remedies for deworming kids‘ for detailed remedy.)

3. Tulsi for Low Back Pain:

Do you know, basil leaves are natural pain killer. Regular consumption of its leaves helps to control low back pain without medicine.

Prepare a decoction of tulsi with ginger and black cardamom and use regularly at least  for 3-4 weeks; lower back pain will be cured completely.

For details, also read- ‘9 Home Remedies for low back pain‘.

4. Tulsi for Diabetes:

Regular consumption of basil leaves can aid in balancing various bodily processes. It counters elevated blood sugar levels and hence good for controlling diabetes also.

In case of diabetes, try powder of dry basil leaves with neem and quince (bel) leaves; it showed good results in most of the cases of diabetes.

For detailed information, read- ‘Top 10 Home remedies for Diabetes‘.

5. Treats Influenza or Flu:

Basil tea with ginger and clove works effectively in case of influenza or flu; its antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties help to control fever.

For Basil Tea:

  • Boil 1 cup of water in a pan with some crushed ginger.
  • Add 7-9 tulsi leaves, 3-4 crushed black pepper, 1 clove (laung) in it.
  • After boiling like a tea, filter it and drink.
  • You can take it take it 3-4 times in a day.

In addition, you can give decoction of tulsi with cardamom (elaichi) to control fever. Simply, boil 12-15 fresh leaves with cardamom powder in half liter of water till it reduces half. Then drink it warm with honey and milk (thrice a day); it will bring down the temperature within few minutes.

Not to mention, you can use powder of dry basil in place of fresh leaves (1 tsp). But do not forget to put cold water strips on forehead of the patient together with it.

Tulsi ark also controls high fever. Give 1 tsp of its ark in high fever together with cold water strips.

6. Tulsi for Cold and Cough:

a. Basil Leaves Decoction:

TulsiBasil leaves decoction has been in use to alleviate coughing and cold since ancient times. You can make it of basil leaves with ginger and black pepper.

(For detailed procedure, also read ‘13 Natural Remedies for Common cold‘).

b. Cold and cough among Kids:

Basil plant has mucus (phlegm) releasing properties. Its leaves work as natural antibiotic together with ginger and give good results to cure cold even in small kids too.

(Also Read ‘6 Natural Remedies of cold among kids‘).

Even you can use tulsi leaves for prevention of cold among kids too. Rub its juice on nose, ear and forehead of child daily at night at the time of sleep.

7. Tulsi for Acidity:

By eating basil leaves (7-9) daily you can get relief in acidity.

For detailed information, read- ‘16 Natural Remedies for Acidity‘).

8. Good to Cure Stomachache:

For curing stomach-ache, take 20-22 leaves of basil and grind them to make thick paste. Then apply this paste in and around the naval point. You will get relief in your stomach ache amazingly.

9. Tulsi for Eyes Burning:

Eyes Burning is a common problem which is generally occurred due to continuous use of computer or electronic devices. Basil leaves ‘ark’ cures this burning easily.

  • 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.

10. Joint Pain & Muscular Pain:

As a matter of fact, Tulsi contains powerful enzyme inhibiting oils which lowers inflammation. Consequently, it is most beneficial in curing joint pain. It is proved in some researches that Basil contains high quantities of beta-caryophyllene which is useful in treating arthritis.

Different Remedies of Tulsi for Joint Pain:

a. Every part of basil is used to cure any type of joint pain. An excellent result of this herb is with goat milk.

b. Take equal amount of basil roots, stems, leaves and seeds (manjari) in equal quantity 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 due to arthritis, gout and joint pain.

c. If you have nerve or muscles pain, use basil juice or its decoction. Simply, boil 12-15 basil leaves in one cup of water till it reduced to half and drink it twice or thrice a day.

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.

11. Tulsi for Mouth Ulcers:

With a regular use of basil leaves for one week mouth ulcers (chhale) will be disappeared completely.

12. Tulsi for Liver:

Tulsi is good for liver and used in treating conditions like hepatitis. Eat 10-12 leaves daily in the morning after washing with warm water. It strengthens liver naturally and makes you healthy. Only need to keep it continue with patience.

13. Good for Skin Problem:

Basil leaves can cure skin disorders, whether consumed or applied topically. To cure skin disease, apply tulsi ‘ark’ on affected area; or you can also apply fresh leaves on affected area directly.

14. Basil Juice for Ear Pain:

In case of ear pain, boil 10-12 leaves of tulsi in some mustard oil with some garlic juice. Let it to be cool and strain the oil into a jar. Pour 2-3 drops in ear to control pain.

15. Treats Dizziness or Vertigo:

To cure problem of vertigo or dizziness, take 1 tsp of basil leaves juice together with 1 tsp of honey. To extract basil juice, simply crush some leaves (12-15) and sieve by pressing with fingers.

16. Tulsi to cure Piles:

Basil can cure disease like piles (bawasir) which is most annoying. Its seeds (manjari) have medicinal properties and are used to control blood in piles.

(For detailed remedy, read ‘ 20 Home Remedies for Piles or Bawasir‘).

17. Good for Swollen Throat:

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.

(Also read – ‘13 Natural Remedies for Swollen throat Glands‘ for detailed remedy).

18. Tulsi for Sore Throat:

To treat sore throat, take decoction of basil leaves and black pepper.

(For detailed remedy, read ‘11 Natural Remedies for Sore Throat‘)

19. Respiratory Problems:

Tulsi is an excellent remedy of respiratory health problems such as- chronic bronchitis, asthma, cold and cough etc. Use its leaves together with ginger and honey.

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 on children but the dosage will be the half.

20. Removes Kidney Stone:

Basil helps in regulating uric acid levels in body; hence eliminates risks of developing kidney stones. It also helps in removing kidney stones.

To remove kidney stone, take 1 tsp of tulsi ‘ark’ with honey daily. If you want to avoid operation, use it regularly for 6 months. It helps to break the stone into small pieces and remove through urine.

21. Protects against Stress:

Recent researches have shown that the leaves of tulsi protect against stress significantly. (2) Therefore, chew 12 leaves of basil twice daily for preventing stress. It is advisable even for healthier person too.



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. It is better to consult your doctor before use.