Holy Basil or Ocimum sanctum is a plant grown in several Indian households and may be seen occupying the center spot or the front of a house. Tulsi has great significance traditionally for both its cultural and medicinal value.
The plant has a positive vibe and is said to promote pure “sattva” which signifies purity, wholesomeness, virtue, and good energy. The leaves and seeds are commonly used. Basil leaves have sharp, pungent taste and heating quality. In Ayurveda, the action is mainly on the respiratory tract and thus a Tulsi tea is helpful in treating cold, cough or kapha (wet) type asthma. For upper respiratory infections, Tulsi is added to water and boiled with a pinch of turmeric and sea salt. Then the steam is inhaled to clear congestion. Taken as a beverage with honey it is said to bring clarity of mind and increase memory. Holy basil is an excellent herb to strengthen the immune system.
You can prepare a quick and easy Tulsi tea to relieve stress and anxiety. Boil 2 cups of water, then add a few fresh Tulsi leaves. Let them steep for about 10 minutes, strain and sip the tea throughout the day.
Have you tried growing a Tulsi plant from seeds, in your home? Try it out in a sunny warm spot and enjoy this beautiful aromatic perennial plant in your own household!
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