How To Include Tulsi During Pregnancy

By Subodh / January 16, 2015

The Tulsi or Holy Basil is an aromatic plant and a part of the mint family that is known for having a sweet, spicy fragrance very close to that of cloves. It has medical and religious significance in many parts of the world including India. It is believed to be anincarnation of the goddess Tulsi, who provides divine protection.

Everything of The Tulsi Is Useful

Tulsi has a long historical use in India and Ayurvedic medicine. Several Hindu families in India grow it in their homes. The plant is believed to contain the energy of purity. Sacred Hindu texts advocate that anything to do with the Tulsi plant is holy-from the leaves, seeds and flowers of the plant to the water that nourishes its growth.

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How Does Tulsi Help During Pregnancy?

Tulsi is a well-known therapy for several ailments – from colds to stomach aches to acting as a protective shield for the body against various diseases. The leaves are bitter and pungent to taste and make the body feel warm when consumed. Tulsi is rich in iron, calcium and folates, which help in fetal growth, healthy blood formation and strong bones. The herb offers several health benefits and longevity and is considered to be of great help if consumed at the time of pregnancy. It can, however, not be used as a substitute for conventional medicine.

There are several benefits to including Tulsi when pregnant. As the leaves are used for curing health disorders, during your pregnancy, this herb provides numerous health benefits. In India, many women are known to consume Tulsi before and after delivery to enhance blood circulation and to start the flow of breast milk.

Tulsi Releases Happy Hormones

Pregnancy itself is fairly stressful for the woman. Regularly chewing Tulsi leaves or having a tea prepared from it helps in alleviating stress. It releases happy hormones (endorphins) in the body which manage stress levels and help to elevate mood.

Tulsi Keeps Respiratory Tracts Clear of Mucus

Regular chewing of Tulsi leaves also cleanses the respiratory track and expels mucus. It provides relief from bloating and gas. You can also safeguard yourself against colds and flu by taking Tulsi every day. Tulsi contains eugenol oil in its leaves which has analgesic and antiseptic properties which are good for health.

Tulsi Keeps Muscle And Joint Pain At Bay

Tulsi tea is rich in antioxidants which protect the body from disease and strengthen the immune system. During pregnancy, you may experience sudden aches in your joints and muscles. Regular consumption of Tulsi tea in pregnancy will ensure you get relief from inflammation of the bones. You do not have to take unnecessary medication for such mild aches and pains. As it has anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps during labour pains.

Tulsi Enhances Immune System

Tulsi has wonderful detoxifying properties which keep the heart and lung tissues clean and safe from infections and other health problems. As pregnant women are prohibited caffeine from their diet – Tulsi tea is a healthier alternative. Tulsi neutralizes free radicals. As it is dense with antioxidants, it provided natural protection from infections caused as a result of an overflow of free radicals. It neutralizes these free radicals making you more infection resistant and helps the immune system stronger to fight off diseases.

Besides, Tulsi tea has a wonderful and amazing calming effect. In times such as these, it is important to remain calm and stress-free. Tulsi helps you do just that.

Prepare Tulsi Tea

To prepare Tulsi tea, wash a few leaves and add them in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes before you strain it. Drink the water and stay healthy and stress-free. You can also add cardamom powder in case you want to use it against colds or fever.

Overall, it is highly recommended and advised that you make Tulsi part of your daily diet during pregnancy. You can chew on the leaves after thoroughly washing them; alternatively you can brew some leaves in boiling water and make a tea. It’s benefits are many. It boosts your immune system, when you need it the most, promotes a healthy metabolism, supports healthy thyroid and adrenal function, improves sleep and keeps you calm and cheerful. Tulsi is believed to stimulate milk flow and a good source of carotene, niacin, thiamine and iron. It may also help in digestion, reduce flatulence and stimulate appetite. However, consider your Doctor’s advice and consume in moderation.