Basil is commonly known as Thulasi in Tamil is also known as Holy basil, it is a common plant in Indian households. It is the most sacred of all the herbs in India and so it is called the “Queen of Herbs“. Sacred Basil seeds have been used for more than 5000 years in India and it is acclaimed for its healing properties of the body, mind, and spirit. Thulasi is widely popular in South Asian countries for many centuries and now it is gaining popularity in western countries.
In India, Thulasi is used in the Hindu religion to worship Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, and other gods. The green and purple color thulasi leaves are common ingredients in Thai foods. The thulasi seeds and leaves are eaten in raw and cooked form and the dried thulasi leaves are used to prepare tea.
The Sacred Basil seeds contain low-fat nutrients, calories, essential oil, phytonutrients, Vitamin A, and C. The anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-carcinogenic properties offer various health benefits. Eating thulasi leaves on an empty stomach every day helps to control blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Vernacular Names of Basil Seeds
|Botanical Name||: Ocimum Tenuiflorum|
|English Name||: Sacred Basil Seeds|
|Tamil Name||: Thulasi Vithai|
|Hindi Name||: तुलसी / Tulsi|
|Malayalam Name||: തുളസി / Tuḷasi|
|Telugu Name||: తులసి / Tulasi|
|Kannada Name||: Kama Kasturi, Sajjagida|
|Urdu Name||: Sabjaa|
Health Benefits of Basil Seeds
Here are some of the Health Benefits of Basil Seeds mentioned below:
Basil for Cough: Thulasi offers good relief from fever, cold, and influenza. The seeds have sebaceous drugs that are used to treat cough. It is used as the best medicine to cure respiratory problems such as fever, mucus, sore throat, cough, cold, flu, chest congestion, asthma, Cetera, and chronic bronchitis.
Handles Stomach Problems: This Basil seed has fibers that help to prevent digestive disorders like regeneration, flatulence, constipation, and stomach problems.
Best for Diabetics: Thulasi seeds control the blood sugar level and prevent diabetes.
Treats Skin Issues: The oil extracted from basil seed is used to treat skin damages, like ulcers, itches, skin infections, cut injuries, and issues like ringworms.
Helps in Weight Loss: Basil seeds are used to control stomach appetite and helps to reduce excess body weight.
Cures Headache: Sacred Basil seeds are a good relief for headaches. Mix the ground thulasi seeds with sandalwood powder and apply it to the forehead, so that you can get rid of headache and fever.
For Kidney Stones: Sacred basil seeds help to regulate the uric acid level of the body so that it avoids the risk of kidney stones.
Cures Various Infections: It is used to treat conditions like malaria, hepatitis, dengue, tuberculosis, and swine flu. It is also used as an effective insect repellant that aids in treating insect bites.
Regulates Bodily Functions: Regular consumption of Thulasi balances various bodily processes. It facilitates proper digestion and strengthens immunity. Also, it is great for dental health and gums. It acts as a detoxifying, cleansing, and purifying agent – both from within and without.
It is a good remedy for people who do not take any medicines. But it is not good for those who take blood-thinning medicines. It can adversely affect your health. Also, eating basil seeds may not be good for pregnant women. So seek medical advice before consuming.