Magical benefits of Tulsi tea (Holy Basil)

Chewing Tulsi leaves regularly is good for health but do you know the magical benefits of Tulsi tea?

Holy Basil (Tulsi) is the most sacred herb of India and also known as ‘Queen of Herbs’.Tulsi is considered as an important icon in Hindu culture and worshipped in mornings and evenings by the people. In this article, we will share with you some magical benefits of Tulsi Tea. So stay on this page and keep reading.

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Tulsi is widely used in culinary practices. For ages, it has been known for its medicinal uses in Ayurveda that makes it an effective remedy for several ailments. The health benefits of tulsi are due to the active ingredient, Eugenol present in the leaves. It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties. Tulsi tea is rich in anti-oxidants, which help the body fight free radicals that are responsible for causing various chronic degenerative diseases.

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Here are some reasons why you should definitely skip sipping on your regular tea and instead opt for tulsi tea

Cures Eye Infections

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Inflammation of the eye is caused due to bacterial (e.g., Streptococcus, Pseudomonas), fungal (e.g., Fusarium, Aspergillus), and viral (Herpes simplex virus) infections, or ocular injuries due to chemicals, sharp splinters, plant saps, or conditions like glaucoma and conjunctivitis.
Due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and healing properties, tulsi tea supports the action of ophthalmic medication administered in the form of drops or flush eye suspensions and assists in rapid recovery.

Prevents Respiratory Disorders

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Tulsi tea helps prevent certain respiratory illnesses from cold and cough to bronchitis and asthma. It has immunomodulatory (which helps to enhance immunity), antitussive (which helps to relieve from cough) and expectorant (which helps in expelling out the phlegm) properties that provide relief in the respiratory system. It has certain oils that help relieve congestion too.

Lose Weight

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You must have tried several weight loss products and supplements to shed those extra calories and achieve a healthy and slimmer body. Some of those supplements work, but most are just a scam! If you are tired of trying several diet pills without any successful results, try tulsi tea for effective and safe weight loss results. This herbal brew works by increasing your metabolism, which in turn helps in accelerating the fat burning process. It provides a healthy and natural way to lose weight.

Also read: Lemonade diet: 10 days Strict weight loss Schedule

Beats Stress

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Tulsi tea also helps in maintaining normal levels of cortisol hormone in the body that is known as the stress hormone. It lowers the levels of cortisol, leaving you stress-free. In fact, it is known to subside various symptoms of depression, which may include anxiety.

Digestive system Benefits

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Tulsi tea can stimulate the production of gastric juices so that the food you take in gets digested completely and quickly.
It also has anti-ulcerogenic properties, i.e., it inhibits undesirable pepsin secretion and lipid peroxidation and increases the production of gastric mucin and mucous cells in defense.
Incorporating tulsi tea in your diet can result in lowering of your cholesterol levels because of its hypolipidemic action.

Skin and hair benefits

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Loaded with anti-oxidants and other nutrients, tulsi tea is also beneficial for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. With age, our body’s ability to fight free radicals decreases, and as a result, we start noticing various age-related signs on our skin. However, the antioxidants or polyphenols present in herbal tea help in fighting these radicals and delaying the signs of aging. So, just one cup of holy basil tea can help you stay young and beautiful for years to come.

Apart from that, it also helps in reducing the itchiness of the scalp and helps to reduce hair fall. Daily intake of tulsi tea helps in curing skin and hair conditions.

Maintains Dental and Oral Health

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The presence of anti-microbial properties in tulsi tea helps combat against harmful bacteria and germs in the mouth. Acting as a mouth freshener, it may curb bad breath too.

Regulates Blood Pressure And Protects Your Heart

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The ursolic acid and derivatives present in tulsi leaves have shown cardioprotective properties.

The phytochemicals in this tea reduce free radicals in the blood, prevent the accumulation of cholesterol derivatives on the blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis), and promote hassle-free circulation, hence regulating the blood pressure.

Minerals like potassium and calcium in tulsi tea protect your heart from myocardial infarction, ischemic attacks, and chemical and oxidative stress

Reduce Fevers

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Due to its anti-microbial properties, tulsi tea can be used in treating mild fever conditions and helps speed up recovery from major infectious fevers like dengue and malaria. As we all know that fever itself is not a disease, and is the result of any infection caused by bacteria, fungus, and protozoa, treating the infection will quickly bring down the fever. That is why this wonder herb can be used in treating a variety of fever-like conditions.

Quit Smoking

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One of the major reasons for smoking is stress. Tulsi tea contains various anti-stress compounds that help one to quit smoking.
Ayurveda (Indian system of traditional medicine) relies heavily on using tulsi tea for the cessation of smoking. Try drinking a cup of herbal tulsi tea in replace of your daily smoking habit.

How To Make Tulsi Tea

I am gonna tell you the easiest and fastest way of making Tulsi Tea. You can customize this basic tea with additives of your choice and make it stronger and more flavorful.

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Ingredients we need:

  • 1 small saucepan or teapot
  • Water: 3 cups
  • Tulsi or basil leaves: 10-15, shredded
  • a small lemon slice or lemon juice: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Ginger: ½ teaspoon, finely chopped (optional)
  • Green cardamom seeds: ½ teaspoon (optional)
  • Honey or sweetener or sugar

Let’s make the Tea

  1. In a saucepan or a teapot, simmer the water.
  2. Add the shredded tulsi leaves, ginger, and cardamom seeds (if you like), and let the contents boil for 7-10 minutes. Let the water absorb its color and flavor.
  3. Strain this into a cup and add honey, sugar, or your regular sweetener.
  4. Serve it hot after adding some lemon juice.

So, go ahead and make some amazing tulsi tea for yourself and ensure yourself  healthy and fit!

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