Originally written at NutritionMatters Blog

In ancient books of Ayurveda, the holy plant of Tulsi (Basil) has been given a lot of importance, purely because of it's benefits to human body. 

In modern worlds these benefits have been researched and approved scientifically as well. in today's article I bring you, the Health Benefits of Tulsi or Basil to our human body

1. Fights Common Cold: Consumptions of Tulsi (Basil) Leaves helps in fighting cold and the fever due to cold. Just pluck a few fresh leaves, eat them raw of make a paste and have spoonful. 

2. Helps in clearing Cough: Make a paste of some Tulsi leaves. Heat & strain it to get some fresh Basil Extract. Apply this extract on your chest to get instant relief from Cough and Chest Congestion. 

3. Heals Sore Throat: Just add two leaves of Basil (Tulsi) while preparing tea and give the concussion a boil before adding milk. Brewing Basil in tea will give you instant relief from sore throat. Have it hot. 

4. Remedy for Skin Disorders: The holy basil herb is a good home remedy for skin disorders that are in the initial stages. Leucoderma has been successfully treated with holy basil herb. Make a paste of holy basil with petroleum jelly and smear on the affected area. Repeat this twice every day for best results.

5. Treats Insect Bites: Out for a Picnic or for an outdoor game? got an insect bite? Even before you get your first aid kit, just pluck and chew few basil leaves, make a paste and apply it on the area on insect bite. This would give an instant relief and help in treating it, this is because of it's anti-bacterial properties.

6. Treats Oral Problems: Have bleeding gums? Just make a paste or few young Tulsi (Basil) Leaves and rub it gently on the bleeding gums. In case of a toothache, take Basil extract and apply it on affected tooth and dab with cotton to get some relief in pain. 

7. Those Headaches: When you come down with a headache after a long day, use Tulsi extract to soothe it. Take a few drops of Tulsi oil on a wet cloth. Now place this on your forehead for relief. You can also take vapour to reduce headaches due to sinus inflammation.

8. For your Shiny Strong Hair: Tulsi oil has been used for the hair in India for ages. To use Basil oil for hair, bruise a few fresh leaves of basil. Add coconut oil to this and heat gently on low heat. Apply this on your scalp before going to bed.

Also Read: Why Sweet Potato (Shakkar-Gandi) is much more than just being sweet (Health Benefits of Sweet Potato. You'll be amazed to see the 4th benefit.  

It's well said that Nature has a cure to a lot of problems, and so it's important to reply on a few simple things like Basil. Liked these tips or tried a few? Share your feedback in the comments section below. Don't forget to share these tips with your friends and family.