Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is the most important medicinal herb ever known. It has endless miraculous and medicinal values. The health benefits of tulsi include skin care, dental care, relief from respiratory disorders, asthma, fever, lung disorders, heart diseases, stress, etc.
Tulsi protects from nearly all sorts of infections from viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Recent studies show that it is also helpful in inhibiting growth HIV and carcinogenic cells.
The health benefits of Tulsi are as follows:
Fever & Cold
Fever is mainly caused due to infections from protozoa (in case of malaria), bacteria (typhoid), viruses (flu) and even allergic substances and fungus. So, fever is just a symptom which shows that the body is fighting against infections. The miraculous healing properties of Tulsi come mainly from its essential oils and Phytonutrients. It is an excellent anti biotic, fungicidal, germicidal, disinfectant, and very efficiently protects the body from nearly all sorts of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. The tremendous disinfectant, germicidal and fungicidal properties of Tulsi destroys all these pathogens and heals fever.
Washing your face with simply applying the paste of leaves of Tulsi on infected area of the skin in case of skin diseases or simply consuming Tulsi leaves, keeps your skin free from all infections. You can take your daily bath by mixing it with water. It cures skin disorders internally and externally, without any side effects. This property mainly comes from its essential oils which are highly anti biotic, disinfectant, anti bacterial and anti fungal in nature. Leaves or oil extracted from it on the body keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. External application on the skin also removes extra oil from the skin surface. Camphene in it, gives a soothing cooling effect.
Tulsi contains vitamin C and other anti oxidants (such as Eugenol), which protect the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
Vitamin C and other anti oxidants in Tulsi, apart from repairing damages done by the free radicals, can minimize the stress induced by these oxidants. They soothe nerves, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and thus reduce stress. One such component is Camphene. Potassium (K) also reduces blood pressure related stress by replacing sodium (Na).
Control Cholesterol Of Blood
Eugenol, a component in its essential oils, is very beneficial in reducing cholesterol from blood.
Tulsi is very effective in curing nearly all types of respiratory disorders including bronchitis (chronic and acute). By curing viral, bacterial and fungal infections of the respiratory system, it gives miraculous relief in congestion due to presence of components like Camphene, Eugenol and Cineole in its essential oils.
Tulsi is very beneficial in Asthma, and it relieves congestion and facilitates breathing. The Phytonutrients and the essential oils, with the help from other minerals in it, can help to cure the causes of asthma.
The compounds like vitamin C, Camphene, Eugenol and Cineole present in the essential oils of Tulsi, can cure the infections. They also can cure congestion of the lungs. They are found effective in healing damages caused to the lungs due to smoking, tuberculosis, lung cancer etc. Tulsi helps cure tuberculosis due to its anti biotic properties.
Tulsi is an excellent mouth freshener (this freshness lasts very long) and oral disinfectant. It destroys most of the germs and bacteria in the mouth and this effect lasts long. It can cure ulcer in the mouth and also cano help inhibit growth of oral cancer caused by chewing tobacco etc.
Bacteria are responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar, bad breath, etc. Tulsi destroys these bacteria and protects teeth. The astringent properties of it, make the gums hold the teeth tighter thereby protecting them from falling. But always avoid chewing of these leaves of Tulsi. It has certain compounds mercury (having rich germicidal properties) which is harmful for the teeth in direct contact for a long.
Tulsi, being detoxifier and mild diuretic in nature, can help reduce uric acid level (main culprit as far as kidney stones are concerned) concentration in the blood as well as helps cleaning of the kidneys through urination. Acetic acid (CH3COOH) and certain components in its essential oils also facilitate dissolution of the stone. It has painkiller effects and help bear the pain from kidney stones.
Eye Care & Headache
You can be free from conjunctivitis, boils and many other problems of eyes (which are caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infection) by washing your eyes with water where few leaves of Tulsi are soaked. It also soothes eyes and reduces stress. A regular consumption can protecteyes from all the damages done by the free radicals, such as cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, vision defects, opthalmia etc. due to the high anti oxidant properties of its essential oils, vitamin A, vitamin C, etc. Headaches caused due to migraine, sinus, cough and cold, high blood pressure, etc. can be effectively controlled by the use of Tulsi. Camphene, Eugenol, Cineol, Carvacrol and Methyl Chavicol have excellent analgesic, sedative, anti congestive and disinfectant properties.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Phytonutrients and the essential oils in Tulsi, are excellent anti oxidants and protects the body from nearly all the damages caused by the free radicals. In traditional Indian medicine system called Ayurveda, it is considered as a tonic to retain youth and avoid aging.
Tulsi can protect from radiation poisoning and also heal up damages from it. It acts as a vaccine against pox if consumed regularly. It is anti carcinogenic and it found to be effective in healing nearly all types of cancer and tumors. It is very efficient in curing cough and cold. It is also beneficial in reducing labor pain, destroying rabies germs, treating gastroenteritis, mumps, cholera, whooping cough, measles, rheumatism, nausea, septic, urinary, genital infections, destroying worms in stomach. Dried leaves are use as an insect-repellant by mixed with food grains.