We know your dadi might have preached about all the benefits of consuming the holy basil. If you didn’t listen to her back then, it is time to let you know that she had good reason behind this preaching.
Tulsi, which is also called the holy basil, grows very commonly in our backyard and is often used to add flavour to the tea. However, it is also widely used as a home remedy to treat many illnesses given that it has multiple benefits for the health.
Also, read: Try these 6 ways to use tulsi according to Ayurveda for better health
Tulsi is considered to have healing properties and has been an integral part of the traditional Indian medicine system. Tulsi leaves are packed with vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, and fibres which help in boosting your immunity and keeping infections at bay. When consumed on an empty stomach, it can offer a plethora of benefits.
So, let’s look at how these tiny green leaves offer such great benefits:
1. Relieves stress
Tulsi leaves are rich in adaptogens which help in reducing the stress levels in your body. It also helps relax your nervous system and increases blood circulation. This is calming to the senses and contributes to reduction in stress.
2. Promotes digestion
When consumed regularly, basil can improve the bowel movement which facilitates digestion. It balances the acid refluxes and maintains the pH levels to ensure you have healthy digestion.
3. Regulates your blood sugar levels
Tulsi contains components that support the functioning of pancreatic cells. This further releases insulin which helps in lowering the blood sugar levels. Tulsi also facilitates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats which further ensures that the sugar in the blood is utilized for energy.
4. Cures common cold
Tulsi is known for its anti-microbial properties. When consumed early in the morning, it helps relieve common cold effectively.
5. Fights bad breath
Its anti-bacterial properties can ward off bad breath. Consuming it early in the morning can give you the perfect dose of freshness.
6. Immunity booster
It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties. Hence, it can protect your body from various infections. It fights off harmful bacteria and viruses, boosting the formation of healthy immune cells.
7. Improves your skin
When you consume tulsi on an empty stomach, it flushes out the toxins out of your blood and helps in detoxification. This reduces the appearance of acne and blemishes, giving you flawless skin. The antioxidant content keeps your skin youthful as well!
8. Aids weight loss
Since tulsi helps in digestion and also flushes toxins out of your body, it can help you lose weight more quickly. It regulates the metabolism of your body, aiding weight loss.
9. Have anti-cancer properties
Tulsi is high on the carcinogenic component that stops the development of cancer cells which can lead to oral and breast cancer.
So, all you have to do is consume tulsi on an empty stomach to maintain your health! You can do this by adding it to your tea. If you’re not a tea person, you can immerse 5 to 7 tulsi leaves in a glass water a night before and consume the water in the morning.
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