Benefits of Tulsi (Basil) Leaves for Skin

Basil Leaves

What is Tulsi (Basil)? What are its types?

Tulsi or Basil or Ocimum Tenuiflorum is the most sacred medicinal herb found in the Indian subcontinent. It also happens to be the most revered one. But is that all? No, there’s a lot about Tulsi that people don’t know. Let us shed some light on the humble Tulsi’s hidden merits.

In India, there are three variants of Tulsi; Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi and Vana Tulsi but around the world, there are a few more varieties to be found. They’re used as food as well as for their medicinal and beneficial properties.

Western Sweet Basil

The Mediterranean Basil is most famously used extensively in Italian pesto. Many varieties of this type exist, all with different leaf shapes and sizes.

Thai Sweet Basil

This Basil has purple stems, dark purple flowers, and beautiful green leaves. In cooking, this one is spicier than Western sweet Basil.

Holy Basil

This is the most commonly found Basil of them all. This Basil is sharp, peppery and hot when fresh with a piercing aroma that intensifies with heat.

Lemon Basil

There are two types of the humble lemon Basil -Western variety and Indonesian and Malaysian variety. The Western variety has pale green leaves while the other variety has dark green leaves. Both the kinds of lemon Basil are used extensively in seafood, soups, and mild curries.

Cinnamon Basil

This Basil has green leaves with serrated edges. It has a unique fragrance which blends amazingly well in savoury dishes, and at times it even works wonders for sweet dishes. Imagine Basil flavoured ice cream!

Purple Basil

There are several types of this Basil in different parts of the world which differ slightly in leaf shapes and shades.

Are Basil leaves good for skin?

Yes, yes and yes. Basil is great for skin. Whether you manage to eat those or simply slather them up on your face, it’s only going to do good. The ayurvedic wonder plant with amazing medicinal properties is amazing for the health of your skin. Tulsi is widely used for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and benefits the skin that is prone to inflammation and blemishes. Recent research has shown that the herb even has adaptogenic properties, meaning it helps strengthen your body’s natural ability to resist stress and don’t we all need just that? And here, we’ll tell you how Tulsi leaves for skin are incomparably amazing.

What are the benefits of Tulsi for skin?

Tulsi for Acne

1. Prevents acne and pimples

When it comes to getting rid of pimples, Tulsi leaves are nothing less than amazing. It contains natural oils that have anti-bacterial properties. Hence, Tulsi leaves can remove dirt, excess oil present and other impurities present on the skin. This helps in achieving the desired effect against pimples. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in soothing the pain and inflammation caused by pimples.

2. Natural treatment for eczema

Tulsi for Skin Rashes

Eczema is a medical term for several common skin disorders like rashes, dry and itchy skin, and blisters. It is usually marked by a red patch around the affected area. It is most prevalent among babies and kids and typically appears on face, neck, chest, inside of the elbow region and backside of knees. The ursolic acid present in Tulsi leaves is a natural antiseptic and hence it will soothe the inflammation and itching.

3. Anti-aging

Tulsi for Anti -ageing

Flavonoids and antioxidants are natural anti-ageing agents. With these present abundantly in Tulsi leaves, it makes for a very good natural remedy for anti-ageing. The flavonoids help in tightening the skin and hence prevent the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps to regenerate cells faster which in turn make our skin look fresh and rejuvenated.

4. Powerful agent against skin diseases

Tulsi to fight against skin disease

Tulsi is also very known for its antiseptic properties which help prevent skin diseases. It is full of very potent compounds called camphene and thymol. These compounds help heal infections, stop itching and ease inflammation of the skin. The essential oils of Tulsi leaves are rich in antifungal, and antibacterial properties and is a great natural remedy for many skin diseases, ringworms, and insect bites.

5. Relieves and soothes small degree skin burns

Tulsi for skin burns

Application of Tulsi paste acts as a great reliever for skin which irritated due to heat or scrapes etc. The camphene found in Basil has a cooling effect on the skin that soothes prickly heat and hence, would be a relief in the blistering heat of summers.

How to make Tulsi face pack at home?

In this section, we have explained how to use Tulsi leaves for face to reap all its benefits. And also, drink Tulsi juice as Tulsi juice for skin is nothing less than an elixir.

1. Tulsi and Curd face pack

Curd filled in a pot and kept on gunny bag

Ingredients

Tulsi leaves powder, Curd

How to prepare

  1. Dry a handful of fresh Tulsi leaves in the shade for at least three to four days.
  2. Then grind the sun-dried leaves to make a fine powder.
  3. Mix equal amounts of both the Tulsi powder and curd to form a thick paste.
  4. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  5. Wash with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  6. Using Tulsi leaves for pimples would work due to its antibacterial properties.

Did you know that curd is a great remedy for hair? Find out more…

2. Tulsi and Honey face pack

Tulsi and Honey Face Mask

Ingredients

Tulsi leaves, besan powder, honey

How to prepare

  1. Take a handful of fresh Tulsi leaves and soak them in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Grind them with the water.
  3. Squeeze the paste to extract and collect the juice.
  4. Mix this juice with one tablespoon of Besan powder and add a dash of honey as honey is used in extensive skin care.
  5. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  6. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

3. Tulsi and Multani Mitti face pack

Multani Mitti Face Pack

Ingredients

Tulsi leaves powder, Multani Mitti (fuller’s earth), sandalwood powder, rosewater, olive oil

How to prepare

  1. In a bowl, take two tablespoons of sundried Tulsi powder along with one tablespoon of Multani Mitti and sandalwood powder. Multani mitti is a popular skin care remedy for many of the skin infections like pimples and acne,
  2. Add half a tablespoon of olive oil and mix.
  3. Add rosewater and mix till you get a thick paste.
  4. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  5. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

4. Tulsi and Neem leaves face pack

Neem and Tulsi for Skin rashes

Ingredients

Neem leaves, Tulsi leaves, two cloves, rosewater

How to prepare

  1. Soak 5-6 neem leaves and a handful of Tulsi leaves in water and grind them together to get a thick paste.
  2. Similarly, grind the cloves and mix them all.
  3. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  4. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Read more about Neem’s benefits for skin.

5. Tulsi and Milk face pack

Milk and Tulsi Face Pack

Ingredients

Tulsi leaves, milk powder or milk

How to prepare

  1. Take a handful of Tulsi leaves and a couple of teaspoons of milk or milk powder.
  2. Grind the Basil leaves with some milk powder (add water or rosewater) or milk to it to form a paste of medium consistency.
  3. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  4. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

6. Tulsi and Lime juice face pack

Tulsi and lemon Face mask

Ingredients

lime juice, Tulsi leaves powder, honey

How to prepare

  1. Take two tablespoons of sundried Tulsi powder.
  2. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and honey.
  3. Mix to form a thick paste and add water if required.
  4. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  5. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

7. Tulsi and Gram Flour face pack

Chickpeas and Tulsi Face pack

Ingredients

Gram flour (Besan), Tulsi leaves, honey

How to prepare

  1. Grind about a handful of Tulsi leaves for this pack.
  2. Sieve the paste and strain the water from the Basil leaves paste.
  3. In this juice, add a little gram flour or Besan and mix.
  4. Add a few drops of honey to this mixture and form a thick, smooth paste.
  5. Apply this paste all over the face and neck and let it dry completely.
  6. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Also read: Hemp Seed Oil for Skin – Benefits and How to Use

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