Advantages and Disadvantages of Basil - Tulsi Mala
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Tulsi is called the "queen of herbs" and "the nectar for life". Tulsi is considered superior to other herbs due to its medicinal, culinary, and spiritual qualities. There are three different varieties of Tulsi. Rama tulsi with green leaves, Krishna tulsi with purple leaves, and forest basil with light green leaves of the wild variety.
The Tulsi plant has been in use in India since the Vedic period and is considered quite sacred in Hinduism. The size and color of the basil plant depend on the geographical location, rainfall, and plant type. Basil is used in everything from food to medicines. The basil aroma and the pungent taste in salads and chutneys are pleasing to the mind. Tulsi was considered a symbol of purity in ancient times. It is believed that going near the basil plant and smelling it prevents many types of infection.
It is also called holy basil due to its religious importance. In Ayurveda, Tulsi is known for its health benefits. Tulsi has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritis, liver-protecting, anti-diabetes, anti-asthma properties
Facts about Tulsi Mala
- Botanical Name: Assemum Sanctum
- Total: Lamieshi
- Common Name: Basil
- Sanskrit Name: Vishnupriya, Vaishnavi, Gauri
- Other Names: Rama Tulsari, Shyam Tulsi
- Geographical Details: Tulsi originated in India but it is also found in the tropical regions of South East Asia from Central Africa
- Interesting Fact: To avoid pollution, scientists and environmentalists planted one million Tulsi plants around the Taj Mahal
Nutrients found in basil
Tulsi leaves are a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. It mainly contains vitamin C, calcium, zinc, iron and chlorophyll. Apart from this, citric, tartaric, and malic acid are found in Tulsi.
Medicinal properties of basil
Tulsi has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties. It plays a major role in relieving stomach problems including loss of appetite, gas problems, kidney problems, water retention, herpes, etc. It is considered beneficial to use tulsi even when a snake or any insect is bitten.
Seeing the usefulness of Tulsi, many companies making Ayurvedic medicines are now using Tulsi in their products. Apart from this, basil is also used in many products related to cosmetics.
Relief from conjunctivitis:
Although there is little scientific research in this regard, it has been observed that the use of Tulsi helps in getting relief from conjunctivitis. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties present in basil reduce eye inflammation and prevent further infection.
Method of use:
Soak a handful of basil leaves in hot water for 10 minutes. After that, soak cotton in this water and keep it on the eyes for some time. Repeat this process 3-4 times a day to get quick rest.