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Tulsi Benefits: Know All About Holy Basil

Professor Rajendra Kumar
Professor Rajendra Kumar
Holy Basil plant

Tulsi (holy basil) is a common plant in our fields. Many types of mint are commonly found in our country.  According to Hindu beliefs, mint is closely associated with their faith.  That is why mint is grown in the backyard.  In Kerala, Tulsi is grown in a platform in front of their houses. It is also a symbol of pride and heritage of the old families.

According to Hindu mythology, Tulsi is the incarnation of Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu.  Therefore, mint is very important for Vishnu worship.  In most of the temples in Kerala, the water of Tulsi is given to the devotees.  Although this is done in faith, mint water is very good for health.  Tulsi water is a remedy for fever, cold and cough.

Benefits of Tulsi

Tulsi is one of the most medicinal plants discovered by man.  It is a plant with anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-pyretic and anti-cancer properties.

It is said to be a cure for diabetes which has become ubiquitous.  Chew mint leaves regularly to control blood sugar levels.  Mint is a good remedy for bronchitis, asthma and fever.

Tulsi can also prevent heart disease, one of the lifestyle diseases of our time.  Tulsi is rich in Vitamin C and Antioxidants.  Mint has already been proven to be good for stomach ailments as well.  Constipation ,acidity and gastric problems can also be alleviated with the use of mint.

In addition to the above benefits, mint is also used medicinally for eye diseases.  Tulsi is also said to reduce stress.  The cortisone contained in it helps to balance the level of hormones.  Tulsi has a special place in dentistry as it has the ability to eliminate the problems of teeth and other oral diseases.  Tulsi is now used as a mouth freshener.

So far the ability of mint to treat diseases has been seen.  But mint also boosts immunity in our body.  Regular drinking of mint water or chewing of mint leaves is sure to boost the body's immune system.

The above benefits of Tulsi have given great industrial importance to Tulsi cultivation.  Tulsi cultivation has been started in Tamil Nadu and some parts of Kerala with the help of the Central Government.  Tulsi cultivation is opening new windows for the farmers as no major disease will affect the crop.

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