Tulsi -12 medicinal values, ways to use and when to avoid.

Tulsi, scientifically called as Ocimum tenuiflorum holds a special place in many Indian households. It is called as Holy basil.

The medicinal benefits are huge and our ancestors have made it ritual to plant in every household. This ritual is great as we can reap the benefits of tulsi which is available in our house.

 Medicinal values of tulsi :

Improves Immunity :

It has natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties . It strengthens our immune system.
Therefore, our ancestors use to give water in which tulsi leaves are added and boiled to drink, for people with fever.

Relieve Stress :

Stress is common in today's modern world. Tulsi has anti-oxidant effect which eliminates the free radicals and maintains cortisol level in our body thus relieving stress.

Relieves GERD :

Biting tulsi leaves after food relieves GERD (Gastrointestinal Re flux Disease). People with digestion issues can rely on tulsi leaves.

Reduces Blood sugar levels :

It is found that tulsi leaves reduce blood sugar levels and can be used by Diabetics.

Note : 

If your taking medication for diabetes, be careful . Eating both tulsi may lower your levels drastically. Therefore, monitor for the sugar levels.

Dental health:

Halitosis (bad breath ) can be controlled with tulsi.

Treat insect bite :

If u had a insect bite , rub the juice of tulsi leaves extract . It soothens the irritation caused by the bite.

Kidney stones :

It also detoxifies the renal system and helps in patients with Renal Calculi.

Cold , cough , respiratory problems :

This is age old remedy. When the child has cough and cold first thing that comes in mind is extract the juice of tulsi and mix with honey and give to the child. It works as a miracle. This is what I had followed and know it works wonders.

Note : 

Honey should never be given to infants .Home remedies is for older children . Never try for babies under 1 year.

Phytonutrient :

Tulsi is rich in phytonutrients, essential oils,Vitamin A and C. The essential oil of tulsi relieves stress and helps you to sleep better.

Relieve Arthritic pain :

Tulsi has anti- inflammatory properties , and hence reduce the inflammation in joints and relieves the pain caused .

Reduce cholesterol levels :

Tulsi reduces the LDL levels causing to decrease cholesterol levels. It helps in weight loss too.

Cosmetic :

Tulsi is used to treat acne. It can be applied topically or taken orally.

How to use Tulsi leaves :

1. U can chew the fresh tulsi leaves.

2. U can add leaves into water , boil , strain and drink. Tulsi tea   is great Demand in markets now.

3. U can extract the juice out of leaves and drink it plain or with honey.

4. U can dry the leaves and powder it and apply topically to treat acne and it's great for skin.

5. U can also put the leaves in the steam inhaler and take steam as a remedy for cold. 

Note : 

Make sure the tulsi leaves are clean free from any eggs deposited by infestations of small worms or insects. Clean the leaves well . Add in boiled water and then eat.

Avoid tulsi during :

Pregnancy :

The presence of estrgol causes uterine contractions. Therefore it has to be avoided by pregnant women.

Blood thinning medications :

If your taking blood thinning medications like ecosprin avoid tulsi as this causes more thinning of blood.

Discoloration of teeth :

Presence of iron in tulsi,  may cause discolouration if chewed regularly. Therefore , u can swallow it with water or make juice and gulp it.


You saw the benefits of tulsi. Make use of this ancient ayurvedic herb . If u have tulsi plant at home it's good . If not plant one and enjoy it's benefits.

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By Divya Lokesh.

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  1. Very useful informations Divya..

  2. Keep writing on useful information like this Divya, keep it up.

  3. I use this holy basil every day in my cooking or we eat raw with a meal one of my favourite herbs...


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