What is Tulsi aka Holy Basil?

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Holy basil or Tulsi is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, native to India, and it has been honoured in Ayurveda for thousands of years for its healing properties. Thanks to its power, Tulsi has is considered to be the Queen of Herbs. But what makes Tulsi so powerful, and how and why to use it?

What is Tulsi?

Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is a revered and highly valued herb in India. The leaves, the stems and the soil in which the plant grows are all considered sacred. The leaves of tulsi are also often sprinkled on food. Holy basil has beautiful green or lilac-green leaves with a slightly jagged edge and can reach a height of up to 90cm. It is grown for both religious and medicinal reasons. However, it is mainly the leaves of the plant or a powder made from them that are used medicinally.

Why is Tulsi so useful?

Tulsi has the ability to strengthen the body’s defences, alleviate depression and has a mood-lifting effect too. Tulsi leaves are rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. In addition, tulsi is rich in plant protein and essential fibre. In Ayurvedic medicine, Tulsi is used for stress, inflammation, headaches, digestive problems and to relieve cold symptoms. Tulsi is also known to provide effective protection against the harmful effects of radiation.  The healing properties of holy basil, particularly its pain and anti-inflammatory properties, have also been confirmed by a number of scientific studies.

The 7 health supporting properties of tulsi:

  1. Keeps the immune system strong

Thanks to its rich content of vitamins and minerals, Tulsi acts as a natural immunity booster, keeping infections at bay. It also has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, which provide protection against a wide range of infections. Tulsi leaf extract increases the activity of T helper cells (CD3 + CD4), thereby strengthening the body’s resistance to pathogens.

  1. Lowers fever

Thanks to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, Tulsi is able to fight infections immediately, thereby reducing fever. In addition, Tulsi promotes perspiration, helping to get rid of high temperatures more quickly. The eugenol, or terpene, contained in tulsi, which has analgesic properties, is helpful in relieving muscle pain.

  1. Relieves symptoms of cold and flu

The camphene, cineole and eugenol in tulsi are effective for colds and coughs, helping to relieve symptoms of both bronchitis and flu. In addition, Tuls can also help with asthma.

  1. Has anti-cancer properties

The powerful phytochemicals found in tulsi have strong antioxidant properties that provide effective protection against cancers of the skin, liver, mouth and lung.

  1. Supports heart health

Tulsi reduces lipid levels in the blood, inhibiting ischaemia and stroke and helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  1. Helps in case of diabetes

If consumed regularly, Tulsi helps to keep blood sugar levels stable and reduce glucose levels in the blood. Tulsi is also helpful in preventing and treating the symptoms associated with diabetes, such as weight gain, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and excess insulin in the blood.

  1. Supports the health of your skin and hair

Tulsi is helpful for acne and healing other skin imperfections. In addition, the antioxidants contained in the plant protect the skin from premature ageing by preventing damage caused by free radicals. Tulsi also supports hair health by strengthening the hair roots and thus preventing hair loss.

How to use Tulsi?

The most convenient way to consume Tulsi is in capsules made from a concentrated plant powder. The capsules are easy and convenient to take and require no extra effort. The recommended daily dosage of Tulsi capsules is 2 capsules 1-2 times a day or as recommended by your therapist. Tulsi capsules are suitable for anyone who wishes to invigorate their body with herbal benefits. In addition, it is also worth stocking up on Tulsi capsules in the home pharmacy in advance, so that the powerful natural remedy is immediately at hand when needed.

Where to buy Tulsi capsules?

You can now conveniently find certified organic Tulsi capsules in Centralsun’s range of dietary supplements. The capsules contain only 100% natural Tulsi powder, covered in a vegetable cellulose shell. As with all our herbal preparations, Tulsi capsules are, as always, additive and chemical free, containing only pure plant power!

Find out more and order organic Tulsi capsules HERE.

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