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The Holy Tulsi Plant

The Tulsi plant which is also known as the basil plant is helpful in many ways. It is found in three assortments i.e., Rama Tulsi which has green leaves, Krishna Tulsi which has purple leaves and Vana Tulsi is just a wild Tulsi. The height of the Tulsi plant is 1-3 feet and the leaves are measured as 1-2 inches. In many ayurvedic medicine and products, Tulsi is one of their major ingredients. It is the best tonic or medicine for stomach-related problems and infection, helps in treating fever, stress, respiratory problems, and many more diseases. It also strengthens the immune system of the body as it contains solid cell reinforcement which protects the body from viruses and bacteria. The Tulsi plant also has some fragrance and a very strong taste. It is said that if we consume Tulsi on a daily basis then it will make our body function even more effectively and help us in coping up with stress and anxiety issues. Tulsi plant is known for its therapeutic benefits. It helps in making your mind calm and composed, thus making you feel relaxed and stress-free from the daily stress of life. With the help of a single plant, we can overcome so many problems and diseases and live our lives more healthily and boost our immune system, providing many health benefits such as, • Promoting Healthy Heart Holy basil contains vitamin C and antioxidants such as eugenol, which protects the heart from the harmful effects of free radicals. Eugenol also proves useful in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. • Anti-aging Vitamin C and A, phytonutrients, in Holy Basil are great antioxidants and protect the skin from almost all the damages caused by free radicals. • Treats Kidney Stones Tulsi acts a mild diuretic & detoxifying agent which helps in lowering the uric acid levels in the body. Acetic acid present in holy basil helps in the breakdown of the stones. • Relieves Headaches Tulsi is a natural headache reliever which can also relieve migraine pain. • Fights Acne Holy basil helps kill bacteria and infections. The primary active compound of holy basil oil is eugenol which helps fight skin related disorders. It helps treat skin infections both internally and externally. • Relives Fever Tulsi is an age-old ingredient for treating fever. It is one of the prime ingredients in the formulation of various ayurvedic medicines & home remedies. • Eye Health Tulsi's anti-inflammatory properties help promote eye health by preventing viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It also soothes eye inflammation and reduces stress. • Oral Health Tulsi is a natural mouth freshener and an oral disinfectant. It can also cure mouth ulcers. Holy basil destroys the bacteria that are responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath, while also protecting the teeth. Tulsi plant has astringent properties which makes the gums stronger and prevent cavity and tooth decay. • Cures Respiratory Disorders Due to the presence of compounds like camphene, eugenol, and cineole, tulsi cures viral, bacterial, and fungal infections of the respiratory system. It can cure various respiratory disorders like bronchitis & tuberculosis. The compounds in the tulsi plant like vitamin C, camphene, eugenol, and cineole present in tulsi not only cure the infections in the lungs but also cure the congestion in them • Rich Source of Vitamin K Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in bone health and heart health. From an environmental perspective there are many benefits of Tulsi plant as they helps combat air pollution, they are majorly sighted plant even in the throng of the city. This is because Tulsi plant produces anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds which helps combat pollution. As such, they help in lowering the pollution levels in the air and minimise the effect of air pollution on the environment altogether. Tulsi plant also contain anti-corrosion properties they are also known to protect the environment against chemical pressure such as industrial pollutants and heavy metals. Which is why, Tulsi plants are even planted around iconic monuments such as the Taj Mahal in Agra to help protect the iconic marble building from environmental pollution damage. The cultural importance of Tulsi plant In the Hindu religion, having a Tulsi plant in the house is a holy tradition. People worship the Tulsi plant & it is used in many customs and rituals of Hindu culture. This plant is famous in south Asian regions and has been utilized in India for more than 5000 years. In ancient times, where there was no advanced medicine and treatment, people use the extracts of Tulsi to treat wounds and cure many diseases. Tulsi is the sacred plant dearer to the Lord Vishnu. In the ancient Vedic Bhagavata Purana text, Tulsi, called “Queen of Herbs,” is noted as the plant embodiment of Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth and generosity. Hindus perform special Tulsi puja in the Kartik month which starts after Sharad Poornima. It is the time of the Tulsi vivah (marriage). On this day Tulsi is decorated and colored as a bride. Even today people in India maintain a potted Tulsi plant. The women water the plant, light up the diya near it and worships it daily. The stems, leaves, seeds and even the soil is considered as holy. According to the ancient texts Tulsi is glorified as the one who helps in bringing people closer to the divine. Tulsi is viewed as a living gateway between heaven and earth, and regarded as the manifestation of the divine within the plant kingdom. Tulsi symbolizes purity. It is considered as the holy plant in the Indian Subcontinent. Tulsi got its name from Tulsi Devi, who was one of Lord Krishna's eternal consorts. In India people grow Tulsi as the religious plant and worship it. Its leaves are used in temples for the worship purposes and also on the several occasions such as marriage. A Hindu house is considered incomplete without the Tulsi plant in the courtyard. Tulsi is believed to promote longevity and lifelong happiness.

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