Who does not know basil? This plant is often a complement to fresh vegetables, for example chicken pecel or catfish. It turns out one of its kind, the holy basil (tulsi) is beneficial to the body. So, is tulsi with ordinary basil different? So, what are the benefits of tulsi leaves for health? Find out the following answers.
Before discussing the benefits of holy basil (tulsi leaves), you need to know the difference between this plant and ordinary basil. Sacred basil has many names, ranging from tulsi, holy basil, to Ocimum sanctum.
This medicinal plant has rough leaves that are touched, the edges are brownish, with a gradation of grayish green overall color. While basil usually has smooth leaves and dark green. If you pay attention, basil usually has white leaves while tulsi flowers are purple, like lavender.
In addition to grayish green, the sacred basil stems sometimes have a different color, can be white or red. If you smell it, the holy basil will smell sweet. Different from the basil that smells more strong and spicy aroma. If ordinary basil is easy to find as fresh vegetables, tulsi is more often used in Thai cooking.
Do you know why this plant is called the holy basil or Holy Basil? The word "holy" was added by Hindus since ancient times because of its benefits in the world of medicine.
According to Ayurveda (medical science from India), tulsi is also called "The Incomparable One," "Mother Medicine of Nature" and "The Queen of Herbs".
The following benefits of tulsi leaves for health according to research published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.
Stress does not only occur in the brain, but also in other organs in the body, for example muscles. When muscles are used continuously, they can be stressed and damaged.
Not only that exposure to cold air can also trigger physical stress.
The study reported the benefits of tulsi leaves in reducing physical stress. This animal-based research provides stress, noise exposure and cold air.
The animal is then given tulsi leaf extract. The results show that holy basil is able to reduce the effects of physical stress on animals by increasing neurotransmitters and immune responses.
The study also reported the benefits of tulsi leaves in protecting the body from infection. Tulsi has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties so this plant is used to raise livestock.
In addition, this plant is also used as an herbal mouthwash because it has the potential to fight the Streptococcus bacteria that cause tooth decay. Efficacy with mouthwash.
The combination of basil active substances also supports wound healing in animals, as well as the action of aspirin, meloxicam, indomethacin, and serotonin.
The next benefit of tulsi leaves is its antidiabetic properties. An animal-based experiment shows that holy basil can reduce blood glucose and repair abnormal lipids (fat).
Another advantage of tulsi leaves is that it supports mental health. Holy Basil has active compounds that have the potential to reduce anxiety and stress in the brain.
Based on studies, tulsi leaves help reduce anxiety and stress by calming the body's cells and mind. Animal experiments show that this plant has an effect comparable to diazepam, a sedative.
In previous studies, the benefits of new tulsi were tested through animals alone. However, a recent study in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the effects of tulsi leaves in humans.
The result, shows that holy basil can be used as an alternative medicine to help normalize blood sugar levels, blood pressure, immune system, and psychological stress. However, further review is needed because the research is still short term and limited.