We have all seen this perennial plant at the beginning of Indian soap operas, at our houses during Pujas, and even growing freely in the wild. Of course, we are talking about the one and only holy basil or Tulsi!
An aromatic plant from the family Lamiaceae, it is widely cultivated for medicinal properties and for its essential oil. Well, keep reading this blog and we will tell you how to make your very own medicinal Tulsi Oil Infusion, for the fraction of the price.
What’s the deal with Tulsi?
Ocimum tenuiflorum commonly known as holy basil or Tulsi, is an aromatic perennial plant native to India. In case you are wondering, the variety of basil used in Thai cuisine is different from holy basil; it comes from the family Ocimum basilicum. Holy basil or Tulsi is a very popular in Ayurveda, because of its adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens are plants that help the body adapt to stress and tension.
Tulsi is full of beneficial compounds that are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging! In Ayurveda, Tulsi is used for dealing with anxiety, stress and fatigue. In addition to this, you can also add Tulsi in herbal infusions to deal with cold, cough, asthma and the flu. Remember when Mom used to make kadha and force us to have it during flu season? That’s all for immunity!
Tip:The next time you want to add a healing touch to your tea, why not crush a couple of tulsi leaves and add it to your brew? You won’t regret it!
There are three types of Tulsi that grow in India.
- Ram Tulsi: It is the most common morphotype, with bright, slightly sweet green leaves
- Krishna Tulsi: It is not very common, and the leaves are a beautiful purple-green hue
- Vana Tulsi: Again, a common morphotype that grows freely in the wild
Benefits of The Queen of Herbs
That’s right – Tulsi is actually called the Queen of Herbs, and we happen to think that she truly deserves this title. Don’t believe us? Just check out all the amazing benefits this herb has.
- Anxiety: Research suggests that tulsi helps you deal with stress, fatigue and anxiety. Tulsi also has a positive effect on memory and cognitive function.
- Metabolic Stress: Considering that these days lifestyles are filled with poor food, no exercise and a lot of psychological stress thanks to social media, metabolic syndrome (also known as pre-diabetes) affects nearly one-third of the population. New research suggests that tulsi could have anti-diabetic properties.
- Protection against Infection: It is no surprise that the queen of herbs, the star of Ayurveda, has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. If we had to start listing how many ailments Tulsi protects you against, we’d have to take up a whole day! The gist of it is that Tulsi may be able to protect you from ulcers to cholera.
Did You Know:Drinking a Tulsi infusion is comparable to ‘Liquid Yoga’. That’s right – both nurture your body in a similar manner!
Make Your Own Tulsi Infusion Oil for Hair Care
Here’s a simple way to make a Tulsi Oil Infusion that is great for solving scalp problems. Tulsi works best when it is diffused in the air or when inhaled. By doing this, it can help ease anxiety and stress while enhancing focus. However you should never ingest this oil.
Here’s what you will need: 1-2 bunches of Tulsi leaves, ½ cup of coconut oil, 1 to 3 cups of fenugreek
All you need to do is make a paste of the Tulsi leaves. Use 4 tablespoons of the paste (you can store the rest in the freezer), and combine it with the coconut oil over low heat. Now add your fenugreek and wait till they pop. Take it off the heat and let it cool before you put it in an air-tight container. That’s it!
Make Your Own Tulsi Infusion Oil for Anti acne face mask
Here’s a simple way to make a Tulsi Oil Infusion that is great for solving acne related face problems. As advised earlier that this oil must not be ingested. You can also use this oil on your scalp to reduce hair fall and hair dandruff related issues.
Here’s what you will need: 1-2 bunches of Tulsi leaves, ½ cup of neem oil, 1 to 3 cups of lemon juice
All you need to do is make a paste of the Tulsi and neem leaves by grinding them together. After that you need to add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply this on the acne. Once the paste dries, rinse it off with water and pat dry. That’s it!
Safety Concern of Tulsi Infusion Oil
As per healthline, Generally Tulsi oil is non-toxic, and is generally safe to use. However, it is still recommend to perform a skin test to ensure that you have no sensitivities or allergies to this oil. For that all you have to do is, Simply put a diluted drop on your arm and see if any irritation occurs. However pregnant or breast-feeding women should use Tulsi oil only after consultation with their doctor.
Ayurveda literally means the science of life, and Tulsi is definitely the leading lady. What a wonder of nature this herb is. Do stay tuned to the GetBodyCare blog to learn more about common and uncommon tips to take care of your body in a healthy way!