Basil is one of the plants from the Lamiaceae family which is called Tulasi in India. It is an aromatic plant with amazing healing powers and is used in Indian rituals as a holy plant. It is worshipped in most Indian households. According to the mythological tales, Lord Krishna used to wear a basil necklace, called 'tulasi mala' and used it often.
I prefer to add tulasi leaves to my tea every day. Tulasi leaves can be consumed raw as well. What is it that gives this basil plant a holy status? It is its magical medicinal properties and healing effectiveness. I have personal experiences and here is just a little bit about the plant.
Tulasi can serve as your daily dose of immunity strengthener. It improves the functioning of the nervous system which helps in overall well being, sharpens your memory, improves alertness etc. It is also a great medicine for fever, common cold, cough and even bronchitis. You can feel the calming effect almost instantly and the little ailments are cured simply by chewing a few leaves of this plant.
Sore eyes, headaches and stress can also be cured by using basil leaves or juice. Ulcers, mouth infections and other skin disorders are also treated using the holy basil. It helps in maintaining cholesterol and is also effective on kidney stones. It is also good for teeth. I can write an entire blog on each of the benefits; this is just a brief idea.
You can also grow your own organic basil because it does not require much care if you are living in a hot and dry climate. I have my own plant at home and all it needs is watering once or twice a day. What is better than having fresh leaves available all the time? If it does not grow in the climate where you live, you can also have them dried. They would be a little less effective but would still work.
Basil is widely used as a medicine in Ayurveda but the USFDA does not term it as a drug yet. It is widely used in India, South East Asia, especially Thailand and you can also find it in Italian cuisine. It adds a great flavour to tea as well as tomato soup.
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