7 proven benefits of Basil (Tulsi)- Medicinal Herb| Ayurvedic Mantra for better health

About Basil Plant Medicinal Herb

Basil (Tulsi) is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (Mint). Health benefits of Basil are known in the world.

According to Ayurveda (Traditional Indian subcontinent Medicinal book), basil is used as medicine to cure disease.

Tulsi (Basil) called as great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort or in Indian subcontinent Holy basil (Tulsi).

The alternative name of Tulsi (Holy Basil)

English Name: Basil

Sanskrit Name: त्रिदशमञ्जरी (tridaśamañjarī)

Botanical Name: Ocimum Ttenuiflorum

Indian Name: Tulsi

Aroma of Basil (Tulsi )

Basil has a sharp, tart, sweet and somewhat menthol aroma.

Taste of Basil

Holy basil has a peppery flavor. The taste then evolves into a slightly sweet, aromatic flavor.

What is the best time to eat Basil

You can consume basil any time but the best time to eat basil in the morning.

Note – Tulsi leaves should not be chewed, It must be swallowed directly. WHY?

Nutritional value of Basil (Tulsi medicinal herb)

Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin K 87.94 mcg 98 360.4 excellent
manganese 0.24 mg 10 38.5 excellent
copper 0.08 mg 9 32.8 very good
vitamin A 55.91 mcg RAE 6 22.9 very good
vitamin C 3.82 mg 5 18.8 very good
calcium 37.52 mg 4 13.8 good
iron 0.67 mg 4 13.7 good
folate 14.42 mcg 4 13.3 good
magnesium 13.57 mg 3 11.9 good
omega-3 fats 0.07 g 3 10.8 good

Medicinal Properties of Basil

According to Ayurveda, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety property.

The herb may have anti-inflammatory qualities.

Basil is a potent antibacterial.

Studies say that basil contains methyl eugenol/methyl chavicol chemotype and has bactericidal properties.

Reference – Chemical composition and antimicrobial property of Ocimum basilicum L. (sweet basil) 

7 proven benefits of Basil (Tulsi)

Anti Microbial Effects

Basil inhibits the growth of E.coil. when the basil consumed with fresh juice or strong tea.

It excites the parasites drawing them out of their hiding places.

Anti-Inflammatory property

Basil contains powerful essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, and linalool.

These are enzyme-inhibiting oils, lower inflammation which is at the root of most diseases like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Basil contains two important water-soluble flavonoid antioxidants, known as orientin and viceninare, which help protect white blood cells responsible for immune function, as well as cellular structures where DNA stored.

Antipyretic

Basil can cure fever. In Ayurveda, it has mentioned that a person suffering from illness should have a decoction made of tulsi leaves.

The Imperial Malarial Conference has declared Tulsi to be a natural remedy for malaria.

Help in diabetes

Holy basil has rich antioxidant property and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol, and caryophyllene.

Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly.

Cardiovascular-Circulatory System

Anti-oxidant component Eugenol in basil protects the heart by keeping blood pressure under control and reduce cholesterol levels.

Eating of basil leaves on an empty stomach can protect the heart.

Fights Depression

Basil helps in to reduce depression and anxiety.

It impacts brain function with the adrenal cortex, helping stimulate neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy and energetic.

Supports Liver Function

Basil’s strong detox properties support liver functions. It prevents fat build-up in the liver.