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After,I read few brilliant articles related to basil plant in the beauty section on the Rewardme site,I thought of writing one on my own to help in some way to make people aware of the benefits of having this very common plant around them,which they normally ignore everyday;other than worshipping it. Yes! I am talking about the same Basil plant ( Tulsi ) here.

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Basil Plant's leaves

The holy Tulsi or Basil, also known as the “queen of herbs” is the most sacred of all the herbs found in India! This sacred plant is found in almost every Indian household. Tulsi has been used in India for around 5000 years and is acclaimed for its healing properties of the mind, body and spirit.
The parts of it generally used are its leaves, seeds and dried roots.
It has played a significant role in the history of mankind due to the multitude of benefits that it possesses and uses it offers. The extract obtained from the plants is used to cure various diseases such as common cold, inflammation, malaria, heart diseases and many more. Tulsi contains hundreds of beneficial compounds and possess strong antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, adaptogenic and immune enhancing properties.

A. Health Benefits of Tulsi:

Not only from a religious point of view, but from a medicinal perspective too, Tulsi has endless value. In Ayurveda, it is considered as the destroyer of all the doshas. The tulsi benefits are really hard to count.People also chew raw leaves regularly to reap these benefits. The leaves also re-energize and rejuvenate the body of a person. It keeps one fresh mentally and stimulates the thought process. The holy basil is a homemade remedy for a lot of common ailments.

Listed below are some of the uses of the plant:

1. Fever and Common Cold:

The tulsi medicinal uses begins with the ability of the leaves to cure many kinds of fever.

Tender Tulsi leaves boiled in water act as a preventive against malaria and dengue fever.

In case of acute fever, a decoction of the leaves boiled with cardamom powder in half a litre of water mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

2. Cough and Respiratory Problems:

Chewing Tulsi leaves also cures cough and flu. It helps to mobilize mucous in bronchitis and asthma attacks. A decoction of leaves with honey and ginger is an effective remedy against bronchitis, asthma, influenza and cold. A decoction of leaves, cloves and common salt also relieves influenza.

Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as a drink in case of sore throat. You can also gargle with this water to soothe sore throat.

3. Kidney Stones:

One of the tulsi plant uses is that its leaves have a strengthening effect on the kidneys. In case of renal stones, the consumption of juice of basil leaves mixed with honey helps remove these stones through the urinary tract.

5. Children’s Ailments:

Common paediatric problems like cough, cold diarrhea and vomiting respond favourably to tulsi juice.
Basil leaves taken with honey keeps chicken pox at bay.
If a baby is given tulsi juice regularly before teething, it helps grow teeth easily without any of the usual teething troubles. Massaging the gums with a mixture of tulsi leaves and honey will also help.
Giving children a mixture of tulsi juice and honey helps bring relief to cough and sore throat too.

6. Teeth Disorder:

The leaves are also useful in treating teeth disorders. Tulsi leaves dried and powdered can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustard oil and can be used as a tooth paste.

7. Headache:

Basil leaves are a good medicine for headache. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can be applied on the forehead for relief from headache.

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8. Eye Disorder:

Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness, which is generally caused by lack of Vitamin A. Two drops of basil juice can work wonders for the eyes.

9. Stomach Problems:

Several stomach problems like acidity, constipation and flatulence can also be cured with tulsi leaves. Tulsi supports digestive system and makes you feel less bloated and more comfortable. It also helps people suffering from vomiting and lack of appetite.

10. Diabetes:

Tulsi is one of the many herbs that help to control blood sugar level in a person. It reduces the blood sugar levels by causing a sudden or drastic drop.
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After knowing all these amazing benefits of this herb, I’m sure all of you would try these home remedies. It will work wonders on your life and living habits.
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