Tulsi is an aromatic perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. It is said to be a good source of Vitamin K.
There are four types of tulsi mentioned in ayurvedic texts ie Rama, Krishna, Vana & Kapoor Tulsi.
For over the centuries Tulsi (the queen of herbs) has been known for its remarkable healing properties.
- Tulsi is taken as the herbal tea.
- The oil extracted from the Karpoora Tulsi is mostly used in the herbal toiletry. Its oil is also used against the insects and bacteria.
- The Rama Tulsi is the effective remedy for the Severe acute Respiratory Syndrome. Juice of its leaves gives relief in cold, fever, bronchitis and cough.
- Tulsi oil is also used as the ear drop.
- Tulsi helps in curing malaria.
- It is very effective against indigestion, headache, hysteria, insomnia and cholera.
- The fresh leaves of Tulsi are taken by the million of people everyday in improve immunity power.
- Many people wears the Tulsi beads, which is said to have certain physical and medicinal properties.
- Basil is versatile. It can be used fresh or in its dry form. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
- Basil contains certain chemicals that insects don’t like (but they don’t affect humans, by the way). Especially mosquitoes. So, if you want to keep mosquitoes away, keep basil nearby.
- Basil is worshiped in different religions. Apart from being considered holy by the Hindus, basil is also used to prepare holy water in certain orthodox churches in some countries like Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia.
- Basil is part of the mint family – some other herbs in the family are rosemary, lavender, and oregano.
- Different kinds of basil emit different scents. Since each type of basil has a combination of essential oils, they can smell like lemons or licorice or cloves or camphor.
How To Buy And Store Them
Look for fresh and vibrant green leaves. They must have no dark spots or any signs of decay.
- You can layer fresh basil leaves in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- If it is basil with stalks attached, place in a glass of water and cover with a plastic bag (it must be secured to the glass). Store them in the refrigerator. Change the water daily and use them within a week.
- Don’t wash the leaves until you are ready to use them.
How To Consume Holy Basil Leaves
You can take 4 leaves (6 to 12 grams) daily and chew it or in water as a decoction
Holy basil. Its benefits are as holy as its name. That is why you must include this in your routine.
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