Thursday, December 24, 2015

Benefits of Tulsi

Do you love nature? Do you want to keep yourself fresh, healthy, and active, if yes then tulsi herb is for you. It is a small plant and is also called as Ocimum tulsiicum. It is famous for its fresh and natural fragrance and spicy aroma. It is liked by lovers of good food and is well known worldwide for its important therapeutic properties and many health benefits.

In India, the holy tulsi is a popular natural remedy. It belongs to the family Labiatae also known as mint family and is an annual herbal plant which has a stem of up to 40 cm tall and the size of leaves is up to 2 to 5 cm. The leaves of this herb are stalked and slightly toothed. The flowers are white or light purple that are arranged in elongated spikes in the top or at the ends of the stem.
The fruit of tulsi is usually soft, small, and smooth. The varieties of tulsi herb are graded according to the size of the leaves for example great green is used in decoration, thin green with leaves up to 1 to 2 cm is the Ocimum minimum which contains medicinal properties and is used for curing many types of diseases.

Tulsi plant grows in sunlight and should be well watered. Due to many types of medicinal properties of tulsi in India, it is worshiped as a form of incarnation of God. It is recommended that if you will take 5 leaves of Tulsi or basil on a daily basis dipped in tea, then you do not need to go to the doctor. This herb is best to cure ailments of nervous and digestive system.

History and Symbolism
Tulsiicum word comes from Greek and means "real." Since thousands of years, tulsi was considered as the king of herbs. Its seeds were used in Persian and Galenic medicine and thought that for the plant to flourish, it had to be grown outside temples with pure air, sunlight, and water. In ancient Egypt, its leaves were scattered all over the graves and were used as a component of balsam used in mummification. It is a sacred plant for Hindus and grown in pots near the temples and outside almost every Hindu home. It is attributed to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna according to Hindu mythology and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Origin and Distribution
Tulsi originally belongs to India and was then introduced in Europe and then turned to the Greeks and the Romans. Today, tulsi herb is cultivated in temperate regions, especially in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Tulsi is produced in India, France, North Africa, Cyprus, and the Seychelles. Its essential oil is extracted from its leaves by distillation.

Medicinal Benefits of Tulsi Herb

  1. A well-known antiseptic, analgesic, and antidepressant.
  2. A carminative with antispasmodic properties.
  3. An herbal remedy for nervous and digestive system problems.
  4. An emmenagogue (herb which stimulates blood flow.
  5. A natural expectorant and treats chronic and acute cough.
  6. A natural febrifuge (a medication that reduces fever).
  7. Stimulates the adrenal cortex and stomach.
  8. Is a natural tonic and aphrodisiac.
  9. Is also used to treat respiratory tract problems such as cough, cold, bronchitis, and asthma and improves blood circulation.

Benefits of Tulsi Oil Massage

  1. In Nervous System, it treats depression, stress, fatigue or tiredness, anxiety, headaches, neuralgia, and migraines. It is also used to treat the brain numbness with essential tulsi oil by inhalations, massage, etc.
  2. In Circulatory System, it helps in stimulation of blood circulation and works as a tonic.
  3. In Digestive System, it cures indigestion, nausea, and gastric spasm.
  4. In Respiratory System, Tulsi treats asthma, cough, cold, phlegm in the lungs, sinus congestion, and loss of smell with the use of tulsi oil by inhalations, massage, dilution in the chest.
  5. In skin, Tulsi works as an insect repellent and makes the skin smooth, flaccid, and toned.
  6. In Reproductive System, tulsi helps in stimulation of the delay or lack of menstruation. It relieves cramps. It is taken in form of oil with massage and dilution.

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