Today while I was walking in the varanda I couldn’t resist this beautiful plant which was showing his happiness in the rain.Have heard so many thing about holy basil from my grand mother and my mom that when I got married this was the only plant which I planted first time in my home.This plant is used by me in my pasta or for some medicinal uses.Ayurveda believes that this plant has properoties which can treat respiratory problems and many infection too.
Few things while you think of planting this plant
5.If you keep this plant near a dustbin it will die off.If a sweeper who has not taken bath after doing his work touches the plant it dies off.It wants cleanliness.This is my personnel experience.There was a person who use to take garbage from our flat every day and this plant was in the front door.My plant never survived .I was discussing this one day with my neighbor and she told me keep basil in a place which is away sweeper as when he touches it it get spoiled.I thought this was silly of her but when I tried my basil never died.Surprising isn’t?.
6.Hindus sentiments are attached to basil and it is said that one shouldn’t pluck basil leaves on Sunday .I don’t know the reason behind it but I try not to pluck them on Sunday.
Some of the benefits of basil leaves are:-
1.Basil leaves prevents dengue and malaria in rainy season when the fever is prevalent.Using the basil leaves in the tea is a preventive measure.
2.Juice of basil leaves is given to bring down the fever.Person suffering from fever should be given extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water after every two or three hours.Giving this to children is quiet help full.
3.When ever I have cold and cough chewing tulsi leaves does helps.Drinking water boiled with tulsi leaves does help and can be taken in case of sore throat.
4.It is said that if a person has renal stone then by taking tulsi leaves juice and honey regularly for six months can expel them via the urinary tract.
5.In my house children are given 10-12 tulsi leaves when they have their examination.This is because basil leaves are regarded as an anti stress agent.A healthy person can chew leaves of basil twice a day to keep stress at bay.As basil leaves purifies the blood it keeps the common ailments too at bay.
6.If you apply basil leaves mixed with sandalwood paste on your forehead it will help you in getting relief from heat, headache and will cool you down too.
Above were the few herbal remedies which were known to me as heard from my grandparents .I have used some of them and have seen the benefits.If you have any other basil leaf then do let us know.
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