Tulsi is a sacred plant in hindu belief. Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi; she is regarded as a great worshipper of the god Vishnu. The offering of its leaves is mandatory in ritualistic worship of Vishnu and his forms like Krishna and Vithoba.
Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home, often in special pots or a special masonry structure known as Tulsi Vrindavan. Traditionally, Tulsi is planted in the center of the central courtyard of Hindu houses. The plant is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil.
Tulsi is the Sanskrit word for holy basil. It grows to a short height and lives for a span of one year. This medicinal herb has a long history as part of the Ayurvedic tradition, according to Drugs.com, a drug information site that provides peer-reviewed information to consumers.
The herb grows wild in tropical and sub-tropical regions, according to MedicinalHerbInfo.org. It’s also widely cultivated for its reputed spiritual and medicinal properties. Before using tulsi, or any other medicinal herb, consult your health care provider. The health benefits of the tulsi herb are many. Some people consume its leaves on a regular basis to gain therapeutic benefits.
The parts of tulsi generally used are leaves, flowers, seeds, stems and dried roots.
Below is the list of uses of Tulsi plant based on different parts of the plant.
USES OF TULSI LEAVES:
a) Memory sharpener
b) Tulsi is an adaptogen i.e. consumption of tulsi is known to boost immunity and helps tolerate stress.
c) It lowers cholesterol level.
d) For relief from diarrhea
USES OF TULSI SEEDS:
The solution of Tulsi plant seeds with milk or water is a
a) Good anti-oxidant,
d) It also possesses anti-ulcer, antiemetic, anti-diarrheal properties.
USES OF TULSI ROOT:
Dried Tulsi root powder mixed with milk or ghee etc is good
a) Fresh roots are made into a paste and applied to areas where leeches or insects bite.
b) For malaria fever
c) To relieve insect pain and sting bites.
Side Effects of Tulsi Plant
The use of tulsi while pregnant or breast-feeding could potentially be harmful to your unborn child. Use of tulsi is discouraged while pregnant or nursing, and tulsi has also been reported to cause lack of fertility in animal studies. Men and women trying to procreate are also warned to avoid tulsi because of possible problems with fertility.