Tulsi is one of the most health-benefits-providing plants which is often treated as a sacred plant. In India, people worship tulsi as they believe that the Goddess resides in this plant and treats all illnesses. The scientific name of tulsi is ‘Ocimum tenuiflorum,’ and it belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The green leaves of tulsi contain a strong aroma which is also used for many therapies.
Tulsi holds a great value in Ayurveda, and a lot of Ayurvedic medicines contain tulsi as a component. This plant grows in warm temperatures and requires warm soil to germinate.
About 2 grams of dried and crushed tulsi leaves contain:
- Carbs- 47%
- Protein- 22%
- Moisture content- 10%
- Fibre- 37%
It also contains an excellent quantity of vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate.
- Tulsi is full of antioxidants, hence, contributing to various health benefits.
- Tulsi helps to reduce memory problems and strengthen the brain.
- It helps diabetic patients, and if taken for a good time, it can completely cure diabetes.
- It helps to reduce the skin ageing signs and provides glow to the skin.
- It is also thought to be potent for curing cancer.
- Tulsi is used to make various essential oils.
- Tulsi leaves and seeds are used to make ayurvedic medicines.
- Pineapple-tulsi juice
- Ingredients: 1 ½ cups pineapple slices, 1 tbsp sugar, a pinch of salt, water as per need, and 1 tbsp crushed tulsi
- Cooking steps: Blend pineapple, tulsi, and sugar and keep adding some water until the required consistency is achieved. Strain this mixture in a jar and add salt. A refreshing drink is ready.
- Tulsi green tea
- Ingredients: 1 tbsp crushed tulsi, 2 cups of water, and 1 tsp honey
- Cooking steps: Put all the ingredients in a pan and boil till half of the water remains. Tulsi green tea is ready.