What if there is one drink that can relieve you from stress, fever, pimples and also help you lose weight? Sounds too good to be true? Read this eye-opening article on the 17 benefits of tulsi green tea.
Ocimum tenuiflorum or tulsi as it is commonly called has occupied a very important place in Indian customs from time immemorial. Tulsi or tulasi in Sanskrit means “incomparable”. It is not without reason that our ancestors have consecrated this particular herb by calling it the ‘holy basil’. Though not commonly used in cooking, the leaves of the herb are given as a part of Ayurvedic and Siddha medicine to cure common ailments like cough, cold, etc.
Today much is being said and written about the benefits of consuming green tea on a regular basis. The leaves and seeds of tulsi, in all forms- dried, fresh, and powdered, have various curative properties. Various studies and researches have been undertaken to find out the curative effects of consuming holy basil tea. Therefore it is not a surprise when dieticians all over the world prescribe tulsi green tea as a part of our dietary regimen. Here is a list of tulsi green tea benefits that you would gain when consumed regularly.
1. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Holy basil is rich in anti-oxidants, which help the body fight free radicals, slow DNA damage, and aging, etc. Due to its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory qualities, the tulsi extract can help decrease cancer risk, mainly oral and cervical cancer. Consuming tulsi green tea regularly enables your body to boost its own antioxidant activity and makes it less prone to developing cancer cells.
2. Nourishes Skin and Hair
The detoxifying and purifying properties of holy basil tea cleanses the body both from within and without and thus provides nourishment for your skin and hair. Regular consumption of the drink has been found effective in treating skin diseases like itching, eczema, and ringworms. The ursolic acid and carvacrol, present in the extract have anti-microbial anti-inflammatory properties. This helps in getting rid of acne. The polyphenols present in the tulsi tea fight against free radicals and thus delay the onset of aging. Daily intake of tulsi green tea helps in treating itchiness of the scalp and reduces hair fall.
3. Reduces Stress
As an adaptogen, tulsi green tea helps in maintaining the normal levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Excessive secretion of cortisol make you feel stressed and thus by regulating cortisol levels, tulsi helps the body adapt to stress and has a curative power to normalize body functions. Just a cup of organic tulsi green tea, would make you feel relaxed and relieve any kind of stress which result from physical stressors like heat or cold, emotional stressors like work pressure, tight schedule, etc.
4. Promotes Oral and Dental Health
The antimicrobial properties of tulsi can help improve the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums, etc. Tulsi green tea aids in curbing bad breath, pyorrhea (inflammation of the gums), mouth ulcers, etc. Holy basil tea is effective in preventing dental pathogens, thereby acting against plaque, gingivitis, etc. Gargling with tulsi green tea or just with the basil extract helps treat most periodontal diseases.
5. Cures Diabetes
Holy basil’s capacity to regulate serum cortisol levels adds to its hypoglycemic properties. Drinking holy basil tea on a regular basis regulates blood sugar levels and thus aids in curing diabetics.
6. Reduces Fever & Common Cold
The leaves of holy basil are used to treat fever and cold in Ayurvedic and Siddha medicine. Drinking a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom and mixed with honey boosts immunity and hence can be used to cure acute fevers like malaria, dengue, etc.
7. Cures Cough and Sore Throat
An essential constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups, tulsi helps in getting rid of the mucus in bronchitis and asthma patients. Drinking a cup of tulsi green tea mixed with honey and ginger extract helps to cure cold, influenza, etc. Gargling with tulsi extract relieves sore throat.
8. Treats Respiratory Disorders
Tulsi’s immune boosting properties helps to cure asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of the herb help in fighting infections as well as inflammations and allergies in the respiratory tract. Tulsi green tea helps to expel out phlegm from the bronchial tube. Essential oils such as camphene, eugenol, and cineole present in holy basil help in relieving congestion.
9. Prevents Kidney Stone
A great diuretic and detoxifier, tulsi green tea helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones. The essential oils present in the leaves provide relief to the pain caused by kidney stones.Drinking tulsi extract mixed with honey regularly helps in breaking down kidney stones and will also expel them through the urinary tract.
10. Cures Cardiovascular Ailments
Tulsi extract is rich in magnesium, an important mineral that prevents heart diseases. It prevents the deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels and thus promotes free flow of blood. Holy basil tea decreases the levels of fibrinogen, the protein that causes blood clot and hence reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. The antioxidants found in this herb protect the heart from free radical damage and also regulate the blood pressure.
11. Treats Insect Bites
Tulsi has curative effects on insect stings or bites. A teaspoon of the extract can be consumed or also applied to the affected parts. Juice made from the fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of leeches.
12. Relieves Headaches
An extract of tulsi leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, etc. The aroma of hot tulsi green tea helps in relieving migraine, sinuses, etc.
13. Treats Eye Disorders
Vitamin A present in tulsi leaves helps in curing eye disorders like night-blindness and also sore eyes. A few drops of extract from the leaves can be put into the eyes before going to bed.
14. Promotes weight loss
Like all other varieties of green tea, holy basil tea improves your metabolism and thus accelerates the fat burning process. Combined with proper diet and adequate exercise, regular consumption of tulsi green tea aids weight reduction.
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15. Improves digestion
Tulsi green tea promotes healthy liver function, which is necessary for improving digestion. It also facilitates proper metabolism, absorption, and assimilation of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. Catechins, an important antioxidant present in the herb is mainly responsible for the breakdown of lipids. The extract of the holy basil leaves also strengthen the stomach and the digestive tract.
16. Strengthens Nervous System
Holy basil tea is found to cure epilepsy and other nervous disorders. The extract of the leaves is a good nerve tonic calming the nerves and sharpening memory. It is also found to facilitate motor-sensory coordination.
17. Cures Arthritis
The anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi green tea help in reducing the pain and inflammation caused due to arthritis, osteoporosis, and other joint disorders. The anti-oxidants especially catechins prevent degeneration of the joints and the tissues surrounding them.
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