Holy Basil, commonly known as Tulsi in India, is not only used for religious purposes, it has its many health and beauty benefits too. It is one of the most potential saviours for troubled skin, and is easily available.
A Tulsi plant is said to purify the air surrounding the place where it is planted. This is probably why every Indian household used to have a Tulsi plant potted in the household till a few years back.
Some common usages of Tulsi are:
· As an insect and mosquito repellent
· As an air purifier
· For ailment like common cold and cough, stomach ache
· It is a potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and blood detoxifying agent
· As an anti-acne agent
· Extracts of basil are used in cosmetics to soothe inflammation and acne
· As a flavouring agent in food
Usage of Basil for skin at home: The following remedies may be used to cure minor skin ailments at home:
Pack for skin brightening
You will need: 4-5 neem leaves, 4-5 basil leaves, 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan), rose water
Method: Grind together neem and basil leaves. Add gram flour and mix. Then add rose water in sufficient quantity to achieve the consistency of a face pack. Apply on the face in upward direction. Let it dry for 15 minutes, then wash off with water.
Tip: If you have dry skin, substitute gram flour with sandalwood powder.
You will need: 1-2 basil leaves
Method: Take 1-2 washed basil leaves in your hand (disinfect hand before-hand), and crush the basil leaves between your thumb and index finger. You will get the pure basil extract on your finger. Apply this to the pimple with your finger and leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes, and then wash off with water. This will help in soothing the pimple, and also acts as an anti-bacterial agent.
Tip: Alwayswash the leaves before using, and disinfect your hands
Skin toner for oily and acne prone skin
You will need: 20-30 tulsi leaves, 1 litre water, strainer, clean bottle
Method: Boil 20-30 tulsi leaves in a litre of water, till the water is reduced to half. Let it cool completely. Strain the liquid and pour in a clean bottle. The toner is ready. Apply onto the face with cotton-wool in place of your regular toner. This liquid can also be used to dilute your regular face packs for added benefit.
Disclaimer: User discretion advised for above suggestions. The Blog does not take any responsibility or guarantee towards efficacy/ safety of the above points. Also, the above suggestions are not towards replacement of a Dermatologist’s treatment.