Famed as the ‘Queen of Herbs’ and ‘Mother Medicine of Nature’, Holy Basil (or Tulsi) is a sacred outdoor plant in UAE that has religious and spiritual significance across different cultures. The aromatic and oval-shaped leaves of Tulsi are not only considered beneficial but are also valued for their health properties. Ayurveda, the traditional form of Indian medicine, regards the Tulsi plant as a powerhouse of nutrients. Owing to its high nutritional value, its leaves and roots are utilised in various medical decoctions. From preventing skin infections to healing respiratory conditions – this indoor plant is no less than a tonic for the human body. Here are the top Tulsi benefits in terms of health.
Reduces Stress & Anxiety
The basil leaves have anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties that can lower anxiety levels. They provide significant protection against stress and related issues. For example, consuming a Tulsi drink (tea) after a tiring day can help revitalise the body and get rid of fatigue and even improve concentration. One can chew a few leaves of Basil regularly too. It will purify the blood, prevent common ailments and help feel refreshed.
Helps Fight Diabetes
People with type II diabetes can benefit immensely from the Tulsi plant. The leaves are loaded with antioxidants and essential oils that produce caryophyllene and methyl eugenol. All these components are helpful in the proper functioning of the pancreatic beta cells resulting in increased sensitivity to insulin thus lowering one’s blood sugar and managing diabetes. Just powder the leaves, leave them in water overnight and sip it in the early morning.
Remedy for Kidney stones & Gouty Arthritis
Yes! Tulsi benefits people suffering from Kidney stones and Gouty Arthritis. Since it has diuretic properties, it lowers the level of uric acid in the body; the main reason behind the formation of kidney stones. Also, the reduction of uric acid levels provides relief to patients having problems with Gout. So, add Tulsi to your diet and wash out the stones and arthritis.
Keeps your Hair & Skin Healthy and Glowing
In Sanskrit, Tulsi translates to ‘the incomparable one’ and rightly so! The goodness of the Basil plant doesn’t end with its medicinal properties. Owing to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and healing properties, Tulsi can cater to your skincare needs miraculously. To name a few, it can treat acne, prevent premature ageing, lightens skin tone and relieves skin infections. You may eat the leaves, drink its juice or simply add the paste to a pack.
Since Tulsi is rich in Vitamin K and antioxidants, it benefits hair by stimulating blood circulation and promoting hair growth. Mix its powdered form in coconut oil and massage it regularly to your scalp. In no time, it will treat dandruff and hair loss and leave you with smooth, shiny tresses. This is the very reason why more and more people buy & nurture Tulsi plants in UAE (Dubai).
Heals Respiratory Conditions
As mentioned already, the tulsi plant in Dubai has strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties because of the substances such as camphor, cineole and eugenol. These help airways open and breathe easily. This way, it helps with cough, common cold, congestion and other respiratory disorders. Tulsi also helps to prevent the infection that causes respiratory problems. One may use a drop or two of its oil in water during steam inhalation and heal the respiratory system for its effective function.
Tulsi is a promising herb! The aforementioned Tulsi benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Altogether, the next time you feel unwell, try having a few Tulsi leaves and treat a host of health-related issues. Last but not the least, if you want to know more about this medicinal plant and its uses, keep watching this space.