Tulsi / Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum)

Holy Basil, which has the scientific name Ocimum Sanctum is undoubtedly one of the best medicinal herbs that have been discovered. It has endless miraculous and medicinal values and has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years.

Punjab - Region of Availability

It is a very powerful herb used in traditional medical treatments for thousands of years. It is often called holy basil or tulsi, and all the parts of the plant are beneficial in their own way. Basil leaves are used in many preparations, as is the essential oil of the herb. The small bushy basil shrub is native to India and it is an annual plant with lavender-colored flowers.

Among the many benefits of holy basil: highly antioxidant to counteract the harmful effect of free radicals, acts as an anti- inflammatory and anti bacterial , combats stress, depression and promotes cardiovascular health, supports liver function and helps in the detox process, helps alkalize the body and improve digestion, it can act as a natural aphrodisiac, helps protect from Diabetes and metabolic syndrome, basil extracts have been found to reduce circulating blood glucose levels and inflammation which prevents diabetes.

It has been an age-old custom in India to worship basil two times a day, water it, and light lamps near it in the morning and evening. It was and still is, believed to protect the whole family from evil and bring good luck. Basil leaves have also been an essential part of all worship ceremonies since ancient times. These practices are not superstitions but they actually have sufficient scientific reasoning behind them. Keeping in view the ultra-disinfectant and germicidal properties of this legendary herb, wise people then devised these customs to bring people into contact with this plant every day, so that they may keep safe from day-to-day infections. Ref.

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