Tulsi also known as the ‘queen of herbs’ is the most sacred herb found in India. Tulsi has been used in India for thousands of years. Its healing properties for the mind, body and spirit are becoming known to the rest of the world. The popularity of Tulsi increases daily because of its benefits.
The parts of Tulsi generally used are the leaves, stems and dried roots. Tulsi is antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. The plant is a nerve tonic that helps with memory, sore throat, headache, asthma, bronchitis, upset stomach, constipation, cuts and wounds. Tulsi is also used to treat the common cold, flu, inflammation, malaria, heart disease, fever, stress, reduce blood pressure and more.
In Ayurveda it is known as the ‘elixir of life’ and promotes longevity. Because of its numerous benefits, the ‘Tulsi medicinal plant’ is worshiped as a goddess in India.
In the summer months, I use a considerable amount of Tulsi. This encouraged me to grow my own plants. It enables me direct access to the freshest leaves possible. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to walk out the backdoor and snip away.
Now the disclaimer, as with anything there could be possible side effects.
Research that I came across said that if you are pregnant or breast feeding you should avoid use to be on the safe side.
I read it was recommended to stop using Tulsi two weeks prior to a surgery as there was a concern that it might slow blood clotting and may increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.
I found conflicting information about chewing the leaves. Some reports stated not to chew the leaves because of mercury content and possibly damaging your teeth while others were in favor of chewing for a multitude of benefits.
If you have any questions pertaining to the precautions, I suggest you check with your doctor before introducing Tulsi into your life.
I also like to add the Tulsi leaves for flavor and healing to my homemade soups and stews. They are a great addition. I personally have been boiling the leaves and drinking it as tea for years. I prefer it chilled with a slice of lime.