Tulsi leaves or the Holy basil is a prestigious herb of India. Botanically known as Ocimumtenuiflorum it is also called the ‘Queen of Herbs’.
Three main types of Tulsi are seen growing in India:
1.) Bright green leaves called Ram Tulsi
2.) Purplish green leaves called Krishna Tulsi
3.) Common wild variety called the Vana Tulsi


HEALTH BENEFITS OF TULSI LEAVES:
1.) Tulsi leaves are natural immunity boosters-
Tulsi leaves are rich in vitamin C and zinc. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Researches have shown that tulsi leaves extract increases the T-helper cells and natural killer cells activity, boosting the immune system.
2.) Tulsi leaves possess antipyretic and analgesic properties-
Tulsi leaves have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which help to fight infections, thus reducing fever, eugenol, a terpene with pain-relieving properties found in tulsi reduces aches in the body.
3.) Tulsi leaves reduces cold, cough and other respiratory disorders-
Camphene, cineole, and eugenol present in tulsi leaves help to reduce cold and congestion in the chest.
4.) Tulsi leaves helps in reducing stress and blood pressure-
Ocimumosides A & B present in tulsi leaves are helpful in balancing the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi reduce inflammation and high blood pressure.
5.) Tulsi leaves are good for diabetics-
Extract of tulsi leaves has shown to lower blood glucose levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
6.) Tulsi leaves possess diuretic properties-
Tulsi leaves are useful in kidney stones due to its diuretic properties.
7.) Tulsi leaves are useful in gastrointestinal disorders-
Tulsi leaves help to cure indigestion and loss of appetite. They are also used to cure indigestion and loss of appetite. They are also used for the treatment of flatulence and bloating.

BOTTOM LINE:
Tulsi leaves have immense therapeutic benefits. They can be plucked fresh from the plant and can be gulped with water, do remember that tulsi leaves shall not be chewed as chewing releases mercury and iron complex which can damage the enamel of the teeth. Decoctions can also be prepared, tulsi leaves are usually safe. However; pregnant females, breast feeding mothers and people suffering from hypothyroidism shall abstain from it.

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