Integrating Tulasi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) into your diet may not only boost your physical and mental health but also make you look good beautiful!

Various studies in the past have suggested that adding Tulasi to our daily diet in the form of tea, in salads or just by eating raw leaves will result in amazing health benefits.

Tulasi, often referred as ‘The Queen of Herbs’ is widely used in the preparation of several Ayurvedic medicines. “Tulasi is an excellent all-rounder when it comes to maintaining overall wellness. It prevents a multitude of ailments and is a great way to stay healthy naturally,” says Shruthi Hegde, an Ayurveda Expert at The Himalaya Drug Company.

The herb is known as an effective combatant against stress. It is an adaptogen (anti-stress agent) which is known to promote mental wellness and also regulates cortisol (stress) levels and helps in reducing anxiety and emotional stress.

"Regular consumption of Tulasi is beneficial in relaxing and calming the mind and offers many psychological benefits. It acts as an anti-depressant, has positive effects on memory, and cognitive function," Hegde added.

Tulasi also provides relief from congestion in the lungs, as well as alleviates the symptoms of cold and fever.

"Tulasi is exceptionally effective in preventing respiratory infections. It has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, which make this herb an excellent choice when it comes to preventing infections," the expert said.

The herb contains detoxifying properties and antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin. It aids in removing toxins responsible for causing pimples, thus helping in the treatment of acne and leading to a reduction in the occurrence of breakouts.

The herb leaves are effective in the treatment of oral infections and it is found to offer preventive properties to patients with periodontal diseases.(IANS)