Monsoon season is a welcome change from the sizzling summer months. The drop in temperature and the rains brings us happiness, but it is also a time when infections are at a peak. Children are more prone to diseases during the monsoon season. The weather provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and germs, which may lead to diseases such as malaria, dengue, jaundice and viral fever.
Tulsi or holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum) is undeniably one of the best medicinal herbs on the planet. The herb has miraculous properties, a few drops of tulsi water dropped in foods can purify and kill germs as well. Tulsi planted indoors can protect the family from infections, cough, cold and other viral infections.
Amazing Health Benefits Of Tulsi:
The incredible healing properties of Holy basil is mainly from its essential oils and phytonutrients. Holy Basil is an exceptional antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal and disinfectant agent and effectively protects our body from all sorts of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Fever is caused due to infections from protozoa, bacteria, viruses and fungus. The formidable properties of tulsi destroy all those pathogens and cure the resulting fever. A decoction of tulsi leaves and flowers helps to treat fever.
Remedies Respiratory Disorders
Tulsi or the holy basils is considered as one of the best herbs that boost the immune system. It contains phytochemicals, bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, which is a very good anti-microbial agent for treating infections in the respiratory tract. Holy basil is an excellent remedy for cough, soothes the throat, reduces the inflammation of the chest and helps to expectorate the mucus. The easiest ways to boost the immune system is to have 1 - 2 cups of tulsi tea every day, especially during the monsoon season.
Enhances Skin Wellness
The essential oil in basil possesses strong antibiotic, disinfectant, antibacterial and antifungal effect. Applying tulsi leaves or its extracted oils on the body keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. It helps to cure both internal and external skin disorders without side effects. Just consume 5-6 tulsi leaves daily to keep your skin free from infections.
Holy basil does wonders, acts as a natural immune system booster and keep infections at bay. It protects against nearly all infections from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Tulsi leaves extract increases the T helper cells and natural killer cells activity, boosting the immune system.
Use As A Mosquito Repellent
The herb tulsi is a plant of mint species with the strong aroma deterring the insects like mosquitoes, cockroaches and fleas. These pests are harmful and often cause diseases. Keeping the plants at home acts as a repellent and can help you to avoid insect bites.
Kadha, the immune-boosting drink is one of the age-old and prized medicinal secrets of India. It is a blend of several natural herbs and spices that are valued for its indispensable healing properties which keep us healthy from within. It is prepared using commonly available herbs and spices like tulsi, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and cloves. All these herbs are a treasure trove of nutrients, that have health benefitting properties and readily available in any kitchen.
Tulsi Recipe - How To Make Kadha:
10 -15 tulsi leaves
1-inch raw turmeric
4 sticks of mulethi
10 black peppercorns
3- 4 cinnamon sticks
8 cups of water
In a deep bottom pan, pour water and add all the ingredients.
Boil the water well for an hour in low-medium flame
After an hour switch off the stove, allow it cool and drink this concoction for bolstering the immune system.
Store it in the refrigerator up to 2 days in an airtight glass bottle. Warm it before drinking.
The plethora of nutrients present in this immune-boosting drink trigger the immune system and keep infections at bay. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of Tulsi mitigates fever, common cold, cough, flu, headache and sore throat. While certain chemical compounds in ginger wards off germs and bacteria and the active compound curcumin in turmeric lower inflammation. Besides these cloves and cinnamon are valued as effective expectorant and pepper bursting with vitamins A, C and K boost the immune system.