Tulsi, also known as basil leaves, is a common house plant in Indian homes. Holy Basil, which has the scientific name Ocimum Sanctum is undoubtedly one of the best medicinal herbs discovered. Tulsi is well known for its countless medicinal characteristics - antibacterial, antifungal, antipyretic, antioxidant, antiseptic and anticancer.
In a recent study published in BMC Plant Biology journal, a draft genome covering 374 million bases of the Tulsi herb was sequenced and the main enzymes responsible for the synthesis of secondary metabolites which have medicinal properties was explored.
Of the 14 metabolites mapped, 8 have anti-cancer properties and the remaining 6 have antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and cardio protective properties.
What Can the Queen of Herbs Do?
Tulsi leaves act as antibiotic, germicidal and disinfectant agents; protects you from bacteria and viruses. Tulsi is an antipyretic - it helps fight a fever and recover your health quickly.
Relieves Cough and Respiratory Problems
Chewing Tulsi leaves relives cough and flu. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma attacks.
Protects Against Heart Disorder
Tulsi is very beneficial in fighting cardiac disease. It reduces blood cholesterol levels. Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants such as Eugenol present in Tulsi protect the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
Protects Against Diabetes
Tulsi can control blood glucose levels.; Several test tube and animal experiments, as well as human clinical trials, show that Tulsi has anti-diabetic properties.
Treats Stomach Problems
Stomach problems like acidity, constipation and flatulence can also be treated with Tulsi leaves. Tulsi supports the digestive system and makes you feel less bloated and more comfortable.
Tulsi has the amazing potential to regulate cortisol levels and keep hormone levels balanced naturally. Tulsi has a physical effect on the body and mental benefits as well.
Supports Eye Health
Tulsi can help fight against conjunctivitis (pink eye) and boils; it also has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help protect your eyes from environmental damage and free radicals.
Tulsi has the power to fight bacteria in your mouth that lead to dental issues, such as cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. Tulsi leaves serve as a mouth freshener.