Holy Basil, known as Tulsi in Hindi , has been acclaimed for its healing properties of the mind, body and spirit. In India it is considered as the “queen of herbs”. Here are some of the potential health benefits of Basil.
1. Protects Against Diabetes
Studies have shown that Basil can help in controlling blood glucose levels and also protect the liver and kidneys from the metabolic damage caused by high glucose levels.
2. Cures Cough and Respiratory Disorders
Basil is effective in curing almost all varieties of respiratory disorders.It provides relief from congestion and other symptoms of respiratory disorders and allows for easier breathing. It is a natural asthma remedy.
3. Good Source of Vitamin K
Vitamin K is important for bone health , heart health and also helps maintain brain function. One cup of Basil leaves have more than your daily recommended value of vitamin K, making it a perfect source to prevent vitamin K deficiency, and can be beneficial to your bone density, digestive health and brain function.
4. Promotes Dental Care
Basil has the power to fight bacteria leading to dental health problems, such as cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. Its leaves serve as a mouth freshener because they kill the bacteria and germs hiding in your mouth and can also cure ulcers in the mouth.
5. Relieves Headaches
Basil has sedative and disinfectant properties which makes it an effective natural remedy for headache and migraine pain. It is an anti-congestive and helps reduce the buildup and tension due to sinus issues.
6. Prevents formation of Kidney Stones
The consumption of juice of basil leaves helps remove the renal stones through the urinary tract. Due to its detoxifying properties, it can also help to reduce uric acid level which is the main reason behind kidney stones of renal stones.
7. Helps in Common Pediatrics problems
Basil juice treats cough, sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting . Its leaves taken with honey keeps chicken pox at bay. Massaging the gums with Basil leaves and honey helps grow teeth easily without teething troubles. Warm Basil juice also gets rid of the worms in the stomach.
8. Fights Acne
Because of its antibacterial and disinfectant properties, it’s a great natural home remedy for acne and other skin irritations.
9. Balances Hormones
Basil has the ability to regulate level of CORTISOL, commonly known as Stress Hormone, which can impact our learning, memory, immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart disease, if its level is increased. It naturally balance this hormone levels.
10. Antibacterial property
Basil act as antibiotic and disinfectant agents thus protecting our body from bacteria and even viruses. It can help relieving fever with its infection fighting properties and restores health.