Why Tulsi is Considered the Queen of Herbs (Holy Basil)

Maybe you have never heard about this plant,
but for Indian people, it is known as “the queen of herbs”. Considered by Hindu culture as a sacred plant,
it is largely used by Ayurvedic medicine, being considered an elixir of life, for promoting
longevity. Are you interested? Do you want to know what plant we are talking
about? We are talking about “Tulsi” or “Holy basil”
as it is known in the Occident. Even though it belongs to the same family
as basil, this plant has benefits and properties that go further than its sweet aroma, which
reminds us of licorice. Do you want to know more about its benefits? Then watch this video until the end! Stress relief
Considered an adaptogen plant, it helps our body to react and recover from a stressful
situation, both physical or mental ones. It is also a tonic for the nervous system,
improving memory and mental acuity. As if it wasn’t enough, studies have shown
that holy basil reduces cortisol levels, a hormone commonly produced during stressful
situations. Besides that, studies done with the plant
extract showed its efficacy on the reduction of anxiety and improvement of depression cases. Improves digestion
This plant is also a great help for detoxifying the body, which makes it a great ally of the
liver. It is mostly because of its capacity to increase
the production of digestive enzymes, which help digestion, especially of fats. Tulsi is also used to treat flatulence and
bloating. Besides that, it is efficient to fight diarrhea,
reduce bad cholesterol, and also treat stomach ulcers. Skin issues
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, Tulsi is highly recommended to fight acne, and also
helps lessen spots on the skin. In Indian medicine, it is also recommended
to treat skin diseases, such as mycosis, scalp itchiness and hair loss. Because it is rich in vitamin C, its antioxidant
power contributes to keeping the skin with a younger and healthier appearance. Respiratory issues
If you have the flu, cold or suffer from allergies and respiratory issues, such as asthma and
bronchitis, give Tulsi a try. It can help treat these issues, since it fights
coughing, alleviates nasal congestion, and improves immunity, besides being expectorating. Besides that, it is also recommended for diabetics
and people who have kidney stones, being considered efficient even in the prevention and treatment
of some types of cancer. Now that you know a little more about the
benefits of this amazing plant, you must be asking how to include it in your daily life. It can be used as a seasoning, adding flavor
and sweetness to salads, spreads, stews, and even desserts. You can chew its leaves to help soothe the
symptoms of colds and flu, while also improving your oral health. It can be used as an oil against mosquito
bites and skin infections. The alcoholic extract of this plant is useful
to treat stomach ulcers and eye diseases. Another way of getting its benefits is through
an infusion. See how to make it: You can find dried or fresh Tulsi leaves,
a powder extract or sachets in natural health stores. If you buy fresh leaves, they can be kept
in the fridge for 5 days without losing their properties. Thoroughly wash the leaves before making the
tea. It is recommended using at least 5 leaves
or 1 to 3 teaspoons of powder Tulsi tea, or dried leaves, for each cup of water. You don’t need to worry about removing the
stems or flowers since they are also highly beneficial. After boiling the water, add the Tulsi and
let the mixture infuse for at least 5 minutes. Then, just strain and drink it once it reaches
a comfortable temperature. This tea can also be applied directly over
the skin or used for gargling in the case of a sore throat.