Tulsi (Holy Basil), Neem (Azadirachta indica) and Amla (Gooseberry) are three magical herbs who have gained their unique identity worldwide and specially in Asian sub-continent. These three herbs hail their roots from ancient times and have got themselves marked in the esteem Ayurveda as well for curing a number of skin and body ailments. These three are being used since ages for curing acne, diabetes, stomach problems, joint problems, skin ailments, hair fall problem, fever, cold & cough, heart diseases and much more.
All three of these are unique in their own. Not just these plants help fight diseases inside human body, but are also a pollution vanishing plants. Let’s start with neem first and then we will gradually look at what benefits tulsi and amla has got to offer.
Neem trees are usually grown in sub tropical regions matching the conditions that mostly prevail in Asia. The seeds and fruit of neem are used to make neem oil as well, so that one may reap maximum benefits out of the neem plant.
Listed below are the best benefits of Neem:
- Oral Care:
Since my childhood I have often observed that old aged people near my locality use to chew neem barks while on a morning walk. When asked from dad, I got to know that neem has antibacterial properties which makes it a superb teeth cleanser. It helps in getting rid of bacteria from the gums which is the major cause of foul smell that comes from mouth early morning.
Plus, it has got certain ingredients which makes sure that your teeth shines white like a star and also rejuvenates the taste buds on tongue. It may taste bitter, but all you have to do is chew, and spit when it gets accumulated in mouth. This is the reason why a number of toothpaste brands contain neem or just advertise to contain neem.
- Acne Free Young Skin:
Being anti-bacterial in nature, neem paste could act as a life savior for those suffering from this dreadful disease of acne. The anti-bacterial properties of neem make sure to eliminate the growth of pimples on the applied area.
Plus, it’s various antioxidants make sure that no scars are left behind once acne disappears. And also the presence of vitamin E in neem makes sure that your face looks bright, younger and wrinkle free. So, before buying those expensive and not so effective creams, give neem a try and see the magic happening to your skin.
Neem has been used as a cure of diabetes since the time this disease came into existence and is being used till date. Those suffering from diabetes must be familiar with the word insulin; and yes, neem could really help reduce your dependency on artificial insulin.
Actually neem has got several antioxidants which stimulates insulin receptors inside body and makes them function like they are supposed to. Thus, helps in maintaining blood glucose levels and keeps diabetes in control. If taken regularly it could actually take you to a stage where you never have to think twice and check the sugar content of any sweet before having it.
- Detoxifies Body:
In today’s fast pace life one has to inhale polluted air of traffic, eat junk food and sleep less than 8 hours. All this leads to toxification of kidney and liver which leads to several kidney and liver diseases in future. But neem is a perfect plant for the people living in metro cities.
Consuming neem in any form, be it powder, supplement or direct leaves could help in detoxification of body. It helps removing collected chemicals, dirt, and pathogens that may lead to diseases as small as acidity to kidney failure.
- Natural Contraceptive:
Much before when contraceptive pills, copper T and condoms came into existence, neem was used as a contraceptive agent. Actually neem is proven to reduce the fertility in both men and women without affecting their libido and miss-balancing hormones inside body (a general shortcoming of contraceptive pills).
And sometimes couple is not ready for a child, but they also hate contraceptive methods like having pills or using condoms, and afterwards they regret their mistake, but at times nothing could be done. So, I would recommend neem to all those budding couples who are sexually active and are not ready for child.
A word of caution: Neem is not recommended for infants, and those who are already on some sort of medication, they must avoid having neem.
Let’s Proceed to The next Herbal Plant :- Tulsi
You can find this plant “Tulsi or Basil” in almost all the homes in villages in India because this herb is treated as a very auspicious plant and has many connections with Hindu mythology as well. This Indian Herb or Plant is used widely by all Indian parents and grandparents for multiple purposes like for worshiping god at home, for various medicinal purposes and sometimes also for preparing dishes. The essence of Tulsi is so good that it is said that having a Tulsi plant at home courtyard, keeps your home healthy. Tulsi is also popularly known as the queen of herbs as it can be used for treating many health problems and also for normal use where it is intended to keep body protected from foreign agents like bacteria and viruses.
Describing the multiple uses of Tulsi or basil leaves is not possible in single post but we have tried to cover up maximum possible areas of uses in this post.
This Plant has anti-fungal, anti-biotic and also anti-inflammatory properties and thus it helps in prevention and cure of many health issues like diabetes, heart problems, skin problems etc.
One should know that there are three varieties of Basil (Tulsi) – Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) and Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum). Each of its own distinctive taste. Tulsi possess strong properties which help in immune enhancement and also contains hundreds of beneficial alkaloids known as phyto-chemicals.
The Benefits of Tulsi are summed up below in 5 points. But you can always learn more about this herbal plant from the link given below the article as well.
1. Kidney Stone
It helps in dissolving the stones in kidney and thus is very useful to have in your diet if you are having this problem. It should be taken in boiled water and at least 3 times a day. Having this 3 times or more also helps in reducing the pain and reducing the chances of infection due to its anti-bacterial properties.
2. Headache Reliever
If you are having headache then you can take Tulsi regularly with regular boiled tea in the morning. It helps in the release of stress and gastric problem form the body thus reducing the chances of headache.
Paste of Tulsi and sandalwood can also prepared and applied on the forehead as it gives cooling effect.
3. Cough, Cold And Respiration
Tulsi is used for curing some season flu and fever. Along with that it is also used for common cold and some respiration problems. The anti-inflammatory properties prevents the swelling of lungs in bronchial problems.
Simply chewing few Tulsi leaves in morning is very beneficial for cold and cough. It is a common ingredient in various cough syrups and cold syrups.
Tulsi along with cardamom powder when given in hot water helps in bringing fever down.
4. Healthy Heart
Tulsi is really good for heart as it strengthens the heart arteries and clean up the blood circulating in the body. It acts as a cleaning agent in the body. It helps in increasing immunity in the body by producing more number of white blood cells.
Tulsi is commonly taken along with tea leaves in hot boiled water or is also a part of many tea packets in the market as it is a common ingredient of it.
- Beauty Secret
Tulsi is also used as a beauty agent by many females in India. You can prepare a paste from Tulsi leaves and aloe vera gel and apply this on your face for cleaner skin and shiner face. Sometimes it is also mixed with turmeric for sandalwood for better results.
You can know more about this most healthy and herbal plant here :-
Next in Line is Amla, The Indian Gooseberry
Amla is very sour in taste if taken raw but it has lots of healthy properties that is why we cannot neglect to take this special plant in our diet. Amla (Gooseberry) which is also known as amlakka or amlakai tastes good if you are having home-made muraba (amla made dish) or as a pickle or chutney. It is really good especially for pregnant women.
It is really famous in India and is used in many forms in Indian dishes. Not only in dishes but amla has its main use as a hair oil also. It is really good for human hair growth. Indian Ayurveda has defined many uses for this natural berry, in medicinal domain as well because of its health related properties.
Let’s Discuss some of the main Benefits of this Indian Gooseberry below:
- Blood glucose and Heart
It is really good for patients who have diabetes. The sour taste is really effective for them. The reason is, it is identified to have potent antioxidants which helps in maintaining blood glucose level. Not only diabetic but normal human being also get benefited by this, if taken regularly. It is shared in Ayurveda that amla helps in cleaning blood from germs and other unwanted elements. So it is really good for heart as well.
2. Good For Hair
We can find amla in many hair oils today because of its well know hair strengthening properties. It also keeps your hair shinny and dandruff free also helping in the growth of new hair.
3. Remedy for Scurvy
Since amla being a rich source of vitamin C, it is a medicine for those who have scurvy issues. Also it is good for those who have fatigue, depression and connective tissue defects. It helps in overcoming the deficiency of vitamin C.
You can always read more about amla here where we have explained in detail about more benefits of amla in daily life:-
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