For thousands of years, Tulasi also known as The Holy Basil, has been used in India as a medicinal plant, and is an important symbol of Hinduism. Commonly used in Ayurveda, its powerful medicinal properties aid to cure common ailments. Tulasi is mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity.
The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen the memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seeds of the plant are mucilaginous. Overall providing great healing powers when suffering from a Fever, Common Cold, Throat pains, Coughs, Respiratory Disorders… but it doesn’t stop there, studies show how it help get rid of Kidney Stones and heart disorders. If the plant is grinded and use as a paste it can aid Insect bites, Mouth infection (such as ulcer – a few leaves can be chewed) and Skin disorders. A few drops of the Basil juice every night can aid for those who suffer from sore eyes and night-blindness.
I buy my Tulsi in tea bags from my health food shop and have experienced great benefit with managing stress, and going to sleep at night. I feel more ‘balanced’ after a cup of Tulsi tea... one of those feeling that is hard to explain until you try it for yourself.
Have you had any experience with this plant? If so please share with me!
IMPORTANT: These are only general guidelines. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case. The views expressed above are entirely those of the author.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. It involves ‘swishing oil in the mouth’ and then spitting it out. Oil pulling can improve the condition of the gums and teeth by reducing dental bacteria, viruses and fungi – which in turn fosters overall health. Ayurveda practioners swear by it, claiming it can heal diseases from common colds to cancer. The theory behind this is bacteria such as Candida or Streptococcus which is commonly found in the mouth, can multiply and secrete toxins into the bloodstream, thereby causing inflammatory disorders like heart disease.
Some benefits of Oil Pulling
How to do Oil Pulling
Use one table spoon of cold pressed oil (preferably coconut oil, but sesame seed oil or sunflower oil is effective too) and rinse mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Ideally this should be done on an empty stomach in break-fast and then spat out. It is important not to gargle the oil in the throat. Once finishing, it is recommended to rinse the mouth with water and a bit of sea salt and then proceed to brushing teeth, flossing… whatever your morning routine.
I have been trying this on and off, but for the past week have done it every day religiously. I find my teeth are whiter, my skin is shinny and I have been sleeping better. This is such a cheap and harmless remedy, why wouldn’t you give it a go!? The results will speak for themselves.
Let me know how you go! Or if you have any experience of having done Oil Pulling please share, I would love to hear about it!
Love and light,