Native to India, you will find that holy basil, better known as tulsi, graces almost every home as an aromatic perennial shrub. In Ayurveda, it has tremendous spiritual as well as medicinal significance.
However, despite its common existence and easy availability, most people are not aware of tulsi’s basic uses and health benefits.
To understand its benefits better, let’s get to know a little more about this miracle plant.
Where is tulsi found?
Holy Basil now grows in many regions throughout the world, but it is native to India. It is prominently featured in varied cuisines throughout the world including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian.
Not just one, there are three different types of tulsi
According to Ayurvedic texts, the three different types of tulsi are: rama (green leaf) tulsi, shyama (purple leaf) tulsi, and vana (wild leaf) tulsi. Although all three types of tulsi have their uses in Ayurveda, green leaved rama-tulsi is the most widely used. The fragrance of the leaves is quite attractive and the taste is excellent, especially when the dried leaves are brewed in tea.
This is how you can use tulsi for better health
Tulsi extracts are used in Ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Traditionally, it is taken as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee. The essential oil extracted from certain forms of tulsi is used for medicinal purposes as well as in skincare preparations due to its antibacterial properties.
In fact, here are some home remedies with the herb that you can try:
The best part about the versatile tulsi? You don’t need to buy fancy teas to reap its benefits. You can grow it at home and bask in the glory of holy basil.