Growing Tips of Tulsi plant (Basil) :
Tulsi , also known as holy basil, is a species of basil used in Hindu religious ceremonies. Tulsi plants are highly frost-sensitive. They can be grown outdoors as annuals in warm Mediterranean climates, similar to other types of basil, but you can also grow a tulsi plant from seed indoors. Here are 5 Tips Of growing it in indoors :
1. Pour potting mix into a seed flat or other shallow container. Pour room-temperature water over the potting mix to moisten the soil. Sow the tulsi seeds 1/4-inch deep. Place a plastic cover over the container or place the container in a large plastic bag and seal it.
2. Put the container in bright, indirect light where the temperature is 75 to 80 degrees F during the day and 5 to 10 degrees cooler at night. Check the potting mix every few days and spray it with room-temperature water if it begins to dry out. Keep it moist at all times.
3. Transplant the seedlings into separate small containers after they develop two or three sets of true leaves. Continue to keep the soil moist but not muddy. Expose the plants to brief periods of direct morning sunlight. Increase the length of direct sunlight exposure gradually over eight weeks. Place them in front of a south- or west-facing window after eight weeks. Set up a grow light with four 40-watt fluorescent bulbs placed 6 to 12 inches above the seedlings and leave it on for 12 hours a day if a south- or west-facing window is not available.
4. Transplant the tulsi plants into 6-inch deep containers with holes in the bottoms when they begin to outgrow the smaller containers. Water them when the top of the potting soil just begins to dry slightly. Empty the catch saucer under the tulsi plants after the water runs through. Do not leave the containers sitting in water. Give them a 5-10-5 ratio liquid plant fertilizer at half the manufacturer’s recommended dilution rate every four to six weeks.
5. Pinch the tips of the branches off once or twice a month to encourage bushier growth. Move the tulsi plants outdoors in the summer. Set them in a location that receives direct morning and evening sunlight with shade in the afternoon and protection from strong winds. Move them back indoors to a sunny window or under grow lights in the fall.
Benefits Of Tulsi plant (Basil) :
1. Fever and Common Cold:
The tulsi medicinal uses begins with the ability of the leaves to cure many kinds of fever.
- Tender Tulsi leaves boiled in water act as a preventive against malaria and dengue fever.
- In case of acute fever, a decoction of the leaves boiled with cardamom powder in half a litre of water mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.
Tulsi is also a good germicidal agent and a disinfectant that protects the human body from all types of viral infections.
2. Cough and Respiratory Problems:
Chewing Tulsi leaves also cures cough and flu. It helps to mobilize mucous in bronchitis and asthma attacks. A decoction of leaves with honey and ginger is an effective remedy against bronchitis, asthma, influenza and cold. A decoction of leaves, cloves and common salt also relieves influenza.
Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as a drink in case of sore throat. You can also gargle with this water to soothe sore throat. Tulsi is an important ingredient in the preparation of cough syrups and expectorant.
3. Kidney Stones:
One of the tulsi plant uses is that its leaves have a strengthening effect on the kidneys. In case of renal stones, the consumption of juice of basil leaves mixed with honey helps remove these stones through the urinary tract. Tulsi being a detoxifying agent can help to reduce uric acid level which is the main reason behind kidney stones.
4. Heart Disorder: Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.
5. Children’s Ailments: Common pediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhea and vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves. If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.
6. Stress: Basil leaves are regarded as an ‘adaptogen’ or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.
7. Mouth Infections: The leaves are quit effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.
8. Insect Bites: The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.
9.Helps to quit smoking: Tulsi is known to have very strong anti- stress compounds and is great to help one quit smoking. It helps by lowering the stress that may be involved in trying to quit smoking, or stress that leads to the urge to smoke. It also has a cooling effect on the throat just like menthol drops and helps control the urge to smoke by allowing the person to chew on something. Ayurveda relies heavily on tulsi leaves as a smoking cessation device. Keep some leaves with you and chew it whenever the urge to smoke arises. Another plus is that the antioxidant property of the leaves will help fight all the damage that arises out of years of smoking.
10.Keeps your skin and hair healthy and glowing: The holy basil has powerful purifying properties. When eaten raw, it purifies the blood giving the skin a beautiful glow, and prevents the appearance of acne and blemishes. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are very effective in preventing breakouts on acne prone skin. Ayurvedic doctors say that this herb can cure difficult skin conditions like those caused due to ring worms and even leucoderma. Apart from all this, it helps in reducing itchiness of the scalp and helps to reduce hair fall. Mix the powder in coconut oil and apply regularly to the scalp to prevent hair fall. Eating tulsi leaves, drinking the juice, or adding its paste to a face pack can help cure skin and hair conditions.
11.Heals respiratory conditions: Tulsi has immunomodulatory (helps to modulate the immune system), antitussive (suppresses the cough center, reducing the amount of cough) and expectorant properties (helps expel phlegm from the chest), that make it a great relief for coughs, cold, and other respiratory disorders including chronic and acute bronchitis. Another great property of this leaf is that it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to beat the infection causing the respiratory problem. It also relieves congestion since it contains potent components like camphene, eugenol and cineole in its essential oils. Its anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties also help to treat allergic respiratory disorders.