Tulsi (Holy Basil) is revered in India and is considered the ‘Queen of Herbs’. In the olden times, most of the Indian houses had a Tulsi plant growing in the central courtyard where it used to be worshipped. Although not many houses may adorn the holy plant in modern times, the advantages of Tulsi are certainly not lost on anyone. Ayurveda recognizes it as a potent herb that aids overall health and well-being.
Before we dive into the health benefits of drinking tulsi water early in the morning, let’s discover why Tulsi is considered sacred? Let’s walk down the lane of mythology, shall we?
MYTHOLOGICAL BELIEFS ABOUT TULSI
It is said that a Tulsi plant in the house makes it a sacred place where even death cannot enter. In Hinduism, it is considered the earthly manifestation of Goddess Laxmi. So, worshipping the Tulsi plant equals worshipping the Goddess. It is also believed that planting Tulsi in front or near the house brings luck and prosperity. Moreover, different parts of the plant are thought to be the abode of various deities. Another mythological belief is that Tulsi is the gateway to heaven and so she helps people get closer to Moksha or salvation, freeing them from the vicious cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
While these are just a few mythological beliefs, it seems like our ancestors wanted us to keep Tulsi nearby for good. Let’s find out why!
PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING TULSI WATER
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is an amazing herb. From having healing properties to being a natural remedy for stress; this herb is a must have in your day to day dietary habits. Here are some powerful health benefits of this magical herb:
Tulsi has an evident therapeutic value and possesses antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, cardioprotective, analgesic, antispasmodic, and adaptogenic actions .
It helps prevent various infections as well as the diseases of heart, liver, kidney, and skin .
Tulsi can boost your immunity and protect your body from infections like common cold.
Can act as a stress reliever
As an adaptogen, Tulsi is beneficial for stress relief. Adaptogens aid the adrenal glands to respond adequately to the excess stress hormones released when a person is under stress. When the stress stops, adaptogens support adrenal glands to shut down too. Tulsi helps in relaxing the nervous system, thereby effectively reducing the stress level.
Tulsi even exhibits anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. This can reduce fever. The juice of fresh tulsi leaves, if taken with black pepper, is known to reduce fever .
Natural Painkiller: Useful in Kidney stones & Gouty Arthritis
Eugenol, the active bio-compound found in the Tulsi plant, is known to be a natural painkiller.
Moreover, adaptogens are known to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce arthritis pain. Tulsi is also used topically for arthritis.
Regular consumption of tulsi reduces uric acid in the body. Accumulation of uric acid is the main cause of kidney stones. A reduction in uric acid provides relief to the problem of kidney stones and gout.
Cures common cold
Tulsi is also known to cure cold and congestion and its combination with honey and ginger is known to be successful in treating asthma, cough, cold, bronchitis, etc. 
Consuming tulsi water early in the morning can help cure common cold effectively.
Benefits of drinking tulsi water for skin : Flushes out the toxins
Drinking tulsi water in the morning has another amazing benefit. It flushes out toxins from our body; thereby detoxifying it. This in turn helps in reducing skin problems like acne.
Applying a simple face pack prepared with tulsi leaves can also help in curing acne and blemishes.
So, if you want healthy skin, you know Tulsi is your best friend!
Aids digestion and weight loss
Did you know that tulsi can also aid digestion? Yes. Drinking tulsi water can improve digestion by improving bowel movements. And as you know, a good digestive system acts as a catalyst in the entire weight loss process.
Regulates your blood sugar levels
According to a study, a controlled trial of patients with diabetes found that consumption of 2 g of tulsi powdered leaves, either alone or combined with curry leaves, led to significant improvement in blood sugars after two weeks.
Tulsi helps in regulating blood sugar levels. If consumed regularly, it can help in controlling blood sugar levels.
BENEFITS OF ADAPTOGENS (AND TULSI)
They can also improve your sleep by regulating cortisol levels.
They are also known to be helpful for problems such as dark circles, fatigue, low immunity, etc.
If one is to believe the traditional medicine system then different parts of the Tulsi plant, including the root, stem, leaves, flowers, and seeds can be used for treating dysentery, diarrhea, malaria, eye diseases, insect bites, and more .
How to prepare tulsi water?
Now that you know the benefits of drinking tulsi water in the morning, let’s see the simple and quick recipe of preparing tulsi water:
- Add a cup of water to a pan and let it boil.
- Add a few tulsi leaves and let it simmer for a few minutes.
- Allow it to cool for 2 minutes. Strain it and enjoy your healthy tulsi water
You can also add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it.
To put it simply, the whole plant of Tulsi has some or other benefit for us.
Knowing all that the Tulsi plant has in store, how about we dig a little deeper and know how Tulsi as an adaptogen can help us!
Consume Tulsi leaves in your tea or drink extract on a daily basis to reap its many benefits! Let us know how you would like to include it in your routine.
About the Author : A psychologist by education and a fitness enthusiast by choice, Saakshi dreams to combine these worlds. Content writing and social media management is a passion that keeps her in the constant learner mode.
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