The Power of Ayurvedic Herbs in Disease Prevention and a Healthy LifeThe Power of Ayurvedic Herbs in Disease Prevention and a Healthy Life
The Story of Tulsi
“Tulsi, also called Holy Basil, is one of the most sacred plants in India and is considered “The Queen of the Herbs” for its restorative and spiritual properties. Also spelled Tulasi or Thulasi, it has been used for thousands of years to support a healthy response to stress, natural detoxification, and restore balance and harmony.
Tulsi (Holy Basil): Benefits to Body & Mind
Modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s healthy reactions to stress. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years to promote and maintain wellness. Many adaptogenic herbs have been referred to by herbalists as rejuvenative herbs, qi tonic herbs, rasayanas or restorative herbs. They help the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions and restore balance.
A History of “The Queen of Herbs”
For more than 5,000 years, Tulsi (Holy Basil) has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with restorative power. Hindus view her as a goddess (a manifestation of Lakshmi) in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual powers. According to legend, no amount of gold could outweigh Krishna’s power, but a single Tulsi leaf placed on the pan in loving devotion tilted that scale. In India today, it is still traditionally grown in an earthenware pot in every family home or garden and the leaves are used to make a delicious and refreshing tea.
As Tulsi traveled west along the early trade routes from the Orient to Europe, it became known to the Christians as “sacred” or “holy” basil as is reflected in its Latin botanical name, Ocimum sanctum. They hailed Holy Basil as “The King of Herbs” instead of as a queen, and Holy Basil became routinely included in legends, offerings and worship rituals and was looked on by many as a gift of Christ.” Organic India.
1. Fights Acne
Tulsi kills bacteria and infections, therefore it’s a great natural remedy for acne, blemishes and other skin irritations. Holy Basil is improves skin complexion and heals skin infections both internally and externally. Holy basil appears to have the ability to aid diabetes sufferers lower their blood glucose levels.
In general, tulsi may not only possibly work as a natural cancer treatment, but it may also help prevent it. Research shows that people who regularly consume tulsi are less likely to be immune-compromised and less susceptible to developing cancer cells.
Tulsi and its phytochemicals increase antioxidant activity, alter healthy gene expressions, induce cancer cell death, prevent blood vessel growth contributing to cancer cell growth and stop metastasis, which is the spread of cancer from one organ to another.
Holy basil also appears to help protect the body from radiation poisoning and heals damage from radiation treatment according to research published in 2016 in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics.
4. Balances Hormones and Lowers Stress
Elevated cortisol levels can be dangerous; it’s commonly known as the stress hormone, and it can have a major impact on our learning, memory, immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart disease. Luckily, tulsi has the amazing ability to regulate cortisol levels and keep hormone levels balanced naturally.
Tulsi has a physical effect on the body and mental benefits as well.
According to a scientific article published in 2014 in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine there is increasing evidence that shows holy basil can improve physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress. More specifically, “Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Tulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties.”
5. Holy basil is often recommended as a natural fever treatment, especially in Ayurvedic Medicine. Holy basil leaves act as antibiotic, germicidal and disinfectant agents; which means they can protect us from bacteria and viruses.
6. Tulsi is generally effective in helping to alleviate almost all varieties of respiratory disorders, including working as a bronchitis natural remedy as well as a deep cough remedy for coughs that usually come on with another type of upper respiratory infection, such as the cold or flu.
7. Tulsi has sedative and disinfectant properties, it can be used as a natural headache remedy that can help relieve migraine pain. This is especially true with headaches due to sinus pressure. Tulsi is anti-congestive and helps reduce the buildup and tension due to sinus issues.