Tulsi plant can help combat air pollution

Tulsi, as we all say, Holy basil, is packed with many health benefits including treating cough and improving immunity to lowering your risk of acidity and inflammation. Worshipped as a goddess in Indian households, the plant is considered sacred and placed in front of the house or garden area. In recent times, it is also proved that the plant releases a distinct clove-like aroma that acts as an insect repellent agent. It is due to its high eugenol content that is used to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects. But what many people are unaware is the fact that tulsi plant can help in combating air pollution. Here are more benefits of growing Tulsi (holy basil) plant at home!

How can tulsi help deal with air pollution

Tulsi plant has is used in cities to combat air pollution. This is the reason why around hundreds of thousands of tulsi plants have been planted around the Taj Mahal in Agra to help protect the iconic marble building from environmental pollution damage.[1] This is because tulsi plant produces anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that help in lowering the pollution levels in the air and also minimise the effect of air pollution on the overall well being. However, to reap the most of the plant and preserve its medicinal value, it is advised to ensure that the plant is harvested, preserved and stored at optimal temperature and environment. Here’s how chewing tulsi early in the morning can boost immunity!

Not only this, this plant has been known to protect the organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals. It also helps you to counter-effect the physical stress caused due to prolonged physical exertion, exposure to cold and excessive pollution [2].

So if you do not have tulsi plant at your place, then go to the nearest nursery to buy a tulsi plant and plant it in your garden area to reap the health benefits and contribute your bit to manage air pollution. Read about natural ways to tackle side-effects of air pollution.

References:

  1. Mishra M. Tulsi to Save Taj Mahal from Pollution Effects. The Times of India, Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. 2008.
  2. Singh N, Hoette Y, Miller R. Tulsi: The Mother Medicine of Nature. 2nd ed. Lucknow: International Institute of Herbal Medicine; 2010. pp. 28—47.

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