Holy Basil: Uses, benefits and nutrition - Medical News Today

It's considered the "Mother Medicine of Nature." It’s been revered since ancient times as a herb that can promote a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Shyama Tulsi or Holy Basil is an aromatic shrub with exceptional medicinal value usually found in every Indian home. It is purple to dark-coloured leaves and is considered the best of all the basil breeds amongst the Rama tulsi or Vana Tulsi and other basil varieties available. Basil leaves benefits are known to almost every Indian but the convenience attached to the allopathic pills have pushed aside the Ayurveda healing and medicinal herbs. And this simply over the years has made it a secondary line of treatment thus rendering it ineffective.

Holy Basil Botanical Name -Ocimum TenuiflorumOcimum Tenuiflorum

Nutritional value of Holy Basil:-

The nutritional value Trusted Source is also high, as it contains:

· vitamin A and C

· calcium

· zinc

· iron

· chlorophyll

Health Benefits of Holy Basil:-

Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach.

Intake of Holy basil can be helpful in these conditions

· Depression – alleviates the mood and promotes well-being.

· Insomnia – Ease stress & anxiety thus promoting calmness in mind.

· Indigestion – improves metabolism and functioning of the liver

· Cold & cough – whooping cough (works for both dry & wet cough)

· In protect & fight against cancer

· Dental health/ bad breath

· Pain relief

· Eye infections – It benefits in eye conditions like conjunctivitis, swelling and redness.

· Body tonic – Purifies the blood and removes the toxins making the body function efficiently

Holy Basil Skin Benefits:-

Holy basil Essential oil

Basil or Tulsi is alkaline in nature which enhances its excellent anti-inflammatory properties to work well in warding off skin irritations, small wounds and acne. Also rich in Vitamin C, it boosts skin cells metabolism and elasticity to the skin. Hence, it is very much helpful for acne-pimple-prone skin.

Holy basil health benefits:-

steam-distilled Hydrosol of basil

Holy basil is beneficial for your mental health. It provides mental balance and reduces stress and anxiety. Holy basil tea is also caffeine-free which can be consumed on a regular basis. It also contains anti-depressant properties that can help you fight the symptoms of depression. As it possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, basil can help the muscles control blood vessel function to contract and relax. It also helps remove the plaque in blood vessels, protecting them from damage.

Holy basil benefits for hair:-

Holy basil prevents hair loss by strengthening the hair follicles. It also treats dandruff and itching and prevents premature greying of hair.

Simply add a small amount of basil oil to your regular hair oil and massage it thoroughly into your scalp. Basil improves blood circulation and reduces dandruff and the scalp itchiness that accompanies it. This remedy also treats dry scalp.

Holy basil benefits for the brain:-

All parts of the holy basil plant act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance.

The source of your stress can be:-

· chemical

· physical

· infectious

· emotional

Holy basil has been shown to have antidepressant and antianxiety properties similar to antidepressant drugs.


Potent nutrient drops of Holy Tulsi ( Tulsi drops) – Flavonoids rich

Add about 1-2 teaspoon or 10 -15 drops to a cup of warm water. And enjoy the Tulsi tea. Holy basil water is water-soluble nutrient-rich water of basil leaves & stems. This simple, quick, and convenient way of making tea help stick to the regular routine of drinking turmeric tea at home and while you are on a trip.

Holy Basil benefits and side effects

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