Benefits of Tulsi (Basil)
Benefits of Tulsi (Basil)
Tirupathi, has established that the Tulsi Plant exhales Ozone, the molecules of which contain three atoms of oxygen in place of ordinary atmospheric oxygen which has only two atoms in each molecule. According to reports published by the Vallabhbhai Patel Vriksha Sansthan, Delhi, an oily substance found in Tulsi actively destroys Tuberculosis bacilli.
Tulsi is said to contain about 27 minerals and is used extensively in the preparation of more than 300 Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic medicines. It destroys disease-carrying germs and is used in the treatment of several ailments including Asthma, Tuberculosis, Leprosy etc. It also purifies blood and improves digestive system.
Things exposed to the aroma of Tulsi or placed near a Tulsi Plant will not deteriorate or get spoiled quickly. A dead body too does not decay rapidly if placed among Tulsi Plants. Perhaps the ritual of putting Tulsi leaves in the mouth of a dying person or keeping a Tulsi Plant near a dead body originated on the basis of this fact. There is also a tradition of placing Tulsi leaves in foods and drinks that have to be stored during solar and lunar eclipses. The bactericidal properties and electrical energy of the leaves protect the stored victuals from the adverse effects of the rays of the eclipsed luminaries.
Tulsi has a salutary effect not only on the body, but also on the thoughts, tendencies and inclinations of the mind. It is stated in the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, that wherever the aroma of Tulsi is carried by the wind, it purifies the atmosphere and frees all animals from all baser tendencies. Tulsi helps not only in curing physical ailments but also in promoting purity, sanctity and spiritual progress. A Tulsi Plant is sure to act as a centre for spreading positive and ennobling thoughts. In view A Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) at the doorstep of the house or in its vicinity keeps the atmosphere pure, supplies oxygen in greater quantities, ensures the health of its occupants and keeps it free from poisonous insects. The contribution of the Tulsi Plant to the purification of polluted air is unrivalled. It possesses bactericidal properties. The emanations from Tulsi Plants are in fact fatal to mosquitoes. Even snakes cannot tolerate the aroma of Tulsi and keep away from it.
A special kind of vapour is released by a Tulsi Plant into the air which purifies the atmosphere. This is actually essential fragrant oil present in the Tulsi Plant which evaporates and spreads through the air, rendering it free from bacteria and other substances likely to cause diseases. It is reported that a study undertaken by the S.V. University, of the unrivalled qualities of Tulsi, our ancient Sages have with great foresight recommended that there should a Tulsi Plant in the courtyard of every dwelling – a recommendation that reveals their profound wisdom.
Early in the morning, after your bath, sit in the proximity of or circumambulate around a Tulsi Plant so as to allow the fragrance emanating from its leaves, inflorescences and stem to mix with the air you inhale and to fill your entire being with ecstasy. Inhale deeply and hold your breath. Let the maximum amount of the fragrance enter your lungs. Let this fragrant air laden with salubrious chemicals penetrate your body as deeply as possible. Let this divine aroma pervade every drop of your blood and purify it. This fragrance is very effective in increasing the beauty, health and radiance of your body.
Please take to this inexpensive but most effective method of combating pollution of air and thoughts around us, and feel the difference.
Let us plant a few Tulsi Plants in pots and place the pots during the day in every one of the rooms we commonly use. The pots may be taken out into the open in the evenings and left there overnight, to be brought back in the morning. This will keep the atmosphere in the house fresh. Even people living in apartments having no open ground can easily raise one or two Tulsi Plants in their corridors and balconies of their flats.
Affluent philanthropists with the welfare of the people at heart may set up Tulsi-Vanas in the vacant space around their bungalows, and permit every one suffering from an illness to have free access to Tulsi Plants.
Some Simple Tested Home Remedies with Tulsi:
A person that eats even five leaves of Tulsi a day is protected from a large number of diseases.
A daily morning dose of 2 to 3 spoonfuls of Tulsi Juice taken on empty stomach helps to develop bodily strength, memory and an impressive personality.
If eleven Tulsi leaves are taken with four black pepper seeds, Malaria, periodic fever and such other fevers will be cured.
Tulsi quickly reduces blood cholesterol to normal levels.
Whether one wants to lose weight or gain weight Tulsi is equally beneficial. It helps to develop a healthy and well-proportioned body.
A few drops of Tulsi Juice with a little salt dropped into the nostrils of an unconscious person helps him quickly regain consciousness.
Tea brewed with Tulsi leaves is a good remedy for fevers, colds and muscular pains.
Taking 10 gms of Tulsi Juice with 5 gr. of honey will cure hiccups and asthma.
Drinking Tulsi decoction to which some Saindhav Salt and powdered dry ginger have been added, cures constipation.
Digestion is stimulated by chewing five leaves of Tulsi after mid-day meal, or indeed at any other time.
By S.L. Watwani