There’s a reason our ancestors used to consider tulsi a.k.a holy basil as a sacred plant and worship it. Tulsi not only purifies the air surrounding the house, the benefits you get from just chewing a few tulsi leaves first thing in the morning are innumerable. Find out how tulsi leaves can help you anywhere from boosting the immunity system to reducing common cold and cough.
1. Good immune system
Because of the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties present in tulsi leaves, it helps boost your immune system making you more resistant to the flu, common cold, cough and other airborne illnesses.
How to consume: Take a handful of tulsi leaves and soak them in a liter of water overnight. You can drink this throughout the day or for a more concentrated effect, soak several tulsi leaves in a glass of water overnight and drink this first thing in the morning.
2. Stronger heart
Consuming tulsi will improve the overall blood flow to the body more specifically to the heart. The antioxidants present in it help your body repair cells repaired by free radicals. The anti-inflammatory properties present in tulsi are also beneficial for the heart.
How to consume: Have the tulsi water described above or pluck a few tulsi leaves in the morning and wash them thoroughly before chewing them.
3. Cleanses your liver
Medications, alcohol and poor food choices put your liver under a lot of pressure. It needs to be detoxified in order for it function to its maximum efficiency. Tulsi gets rid of the fat build up and and helps in detoxifying the enzymes.
How to consume: There are several tulsi tea cleanses available in the market but if you’d prefer something more homemade and cost-effective, boil some tulsi leaves in a bowl of water and add a pinch of turmeric to it. Then consume this as you would any green tea on a daily basis.
4. Reduces the chances of diabetes
India is known as the diabetes capital of the world and for good reason - over 50 million people suffer from diabetes. One effective way of reducing the risk of diabetes is by having tulsi. It is packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol, caryophyllene which collectively help the pancreatic beta cells to function properly thereby increasing insulin sensitivity.
How to consume: Take about a spoonful of tulsi juice on an empty stomach every day or just chew on 2 to 3 tulsi leaves early in the morning.
5. Improves digestion
Having tulsi first thing in the morning gives your body the jolt it needs to be awake and refreshed. As it restores the pH level by balancing the acid level in the body, digestive system works efficiently throughout the day. If you’ve been experiencing constipation problems, give this a go.
How to consume: Grind tulsi into a dry powder form and store it in an airtight container. You can boil this tulsi tea powder for a few minutes and drink a cup of it everyday. Do this on a daily basis to see amazing results.