Basil is valued as a
in Hindu mythology. Perhaps, the significance comes from the medicinal properties of Tulsi. It is recommended for usage as a first-aid treatment for respiratory, digestive, and skin ailments. In addition to these common ailments, Ayurveda recognises the medical properties of Tulsi for disorders ranging from simple disorders to tumorous growths. It is a highly promising immunomodulator, cytoprotective, and anti-cancer agent, according to research.
Only the two domesticated Tulsi subtypes, Rama (green leaves) and Krishna (purple leaves) exhibit a high concentration of anti-cancer, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and cardioprotective characteristics, which are medicinally relevant metabolites. The subtype Rama, out of the two domesticated subtypes, has a ‘high abundance’ of medicinally relevant metabolites. In both the leaf and stem, the Rama subtype had higher concentrations of eugenol (anti-infective) and ursolic acid (anti-cancer). Tulsi of Rama and Krishna is used commonly in Ayurveda. The following are the medicinal properties of Tulsi:
- Eye Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of Tulsi aid in the prevention of viral, bacterial, and fungal infections and benefit eye health. It also decreases stress and calms eye inflammation.
- Relieves Headaches
Tulsi is a natural pain reliever that can also help with migraines.
- Fights Acne
Bacteria and diseases are destroyed by holy basil. The principal active ingredient in holy basil oil is eugenol, which aids in the treatment of skin conditions. Both internally and externally, Tulsi aids in the treatment of skin infections.
- Promotes Healthy Heart
Tulsi is high in vitamin C and antioxidants like eugenol, which protect the heart from free radical damage. Eugenol is also effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels.
- Treats Kidney Stones
Tulsi is a mild diuretic and detoxifier that aids in the reduction of uric acid levels in the body. Holy basil contains acetic acid, which aids in the breaking of stones.
Vitamin C and A, which are phytonutrients found in Holy Basil, are significant antioxidants that protect the skin from practically all free radical damage.
- Cures Respiratory Disorders
Tulsi heals viral, bacterial, and fungal infections in the respiratory system due to the presence of chemicals like camphene, eugenol, and cineole. It can treat bronchitis and TB, among other respiratory illnesses.
- Relieves Fever
Tulsi is a traditional fever-relieving herb. It is a prime component in the composition of many Ayurvedic medicines and home treatments.
- Rich Source of Vitamin K
Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in bone and heart health.
- Oral Health
Tulsi is an oral disinfectant and a natural mouth freshener. Mouth ulcers can also be treated with Tulsi. While also safeguarding the teeth, holy basil kills the microorganisms that cause dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath.