Helig basilika används ofta i Ayurvea - den traditionella indiska läkekonsten. Basilikan används mot förkylning, huvudvärk och magproblem. Tulsi används även mot stress och anses välgörande inom många andra områden.
Holy Basil has many medicinal uses, including antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is helpful for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, stress-related skin disorders and indigestion. An herb that has its own mythological background. Tulsi is supposed to be a beloved of Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. This herb is worshipped throughout India as well as in various other parts of this world.
In general tulsi is found to be of two types as:
1.Shyam Tulsi with black colored leaves & 2. Rama Tulsi with green colored leaves.
Tulsi inhibits inflammation causing enzymes in our bodies which contribute to arthritis pain and other kinds of inflammation. The anti-inflammatory effects of Tulsi are comparable to ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. Tulsi even enhances the adrenal function by lowering cortisol levels. This results in reducing the negative effects of stress. Tulsi extracts protect us against mercury toxicity. We build up mercury deposits in our system from eating fish and even inserting dental fillings. Tulsi helps extract this mercury from our body, thus purifying it.
Action: An herb that promotes optimum respiratory support. Tulsi has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant properties and is useful in respiratory tract infections. It helps during respiratory stress.
More Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Fever & common cold: The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as a preventive against these diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk to bring down the body temperature of the patient. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours.
Tulsi in Cough: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize the mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.
Tulsi inSore Throat: Water boiled with Tulsi leaves is taken as to drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used for the purpose of gargles.
Tulsi in Respiratory Disorder: The herb is very useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorders. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. For the immediate relief in the cases of influenza the decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt is given for immediate relief.
Tulsi in Stress: Tulsi leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves provide its user with the significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of Tulsi, twice a day, to prevent stress. It even purifies the blood and helps prevent several common disorders or ailments.
Tulsi Improves Beta Cell Function: The leaves of the tulsi plant contain various essential oils within them. It is therefore very useful in improving pancreatic beta cell function and thus enhancing the insulin secretion to keep a check over the blood sugar within the patients suffering by diabetes.