Tulsi plant is revered in Indian medicine for its healing powers. Besides praying to the plant, the people of India include the leaves and flowers of holy basil in their daily recipes. They also make medicinal decoctions using the parts of the tulsi plant. In this article, we will talk about how to use tulsi or holy basil for herpes treatment (hsv 1 and hsv2)?
Though as yet not documented fully, there is enough evidence to show that Tulsi can thwart stress and relieve the symptoms. The botanical name of the holy basil plant is Ocimum sanctum and belongs to the basil family Lamiaceae. It has great adaptogen properties. It has the tendency to protect the organs from pollutants and toxic substances.
What is herpes?
We call any disease of the virus caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) affecting the nervous system and the skin as herpes. Other than the external genital and anal region, this disease affects the mucosal surfaces.
Herpes is of two types – oral herpes and genital herpes. About 50 percent of the people in the U.S. have Herpes Type 1 (hsv 1) that is oral herpes. About 15.6 percent have hsv2 or Genital Herpes.
Two significant points to note here are that you can never get herpesvirus from a toilet seat. Second, if you have oral sex with a person having cold sores around the mouth, you are most likely to get infected.
The other ways you get hsv 1 infected are if you have unprotected anal or vaginal sex, share sex toys, or come in contact with the genitals of an infected person. It is possible for herpesvirus to pass on to her baby.
People never see the symptoms even when they carry the virus. Being a long-term condition, the signs may manifest at any time in their lives. The signs of herpes include these:
- Cold sores
- Pain when urinating
- Vaginal discharge
There is no cure for herpes. You can treat the symptoms with home remedies and medication.
Nutritive content of Tulsi
In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, all parts of the Tulsi plant find use in treating a variety of ailments. These ailments range from ordinary insect bites to bronchitis to complex diseases such as herpes.
It has good amounts of vitamin A, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and cryptoxanthin that act as scavengers and prevent the harm to healthy cells. Holy Basil has an anti-inflammatory effect due to eugenol that blocks swelling.
It will help soothe the sores. The magnesium present in the basil helps the blood vessels to relax. This improves the blood flow and helps the curing process. This is why holy basil is so effective in curing diseases like psoriasis and other skin problems like acne.
How to use tulsi or holy basil for herpes treatment
Tulsi shows good fighting property against virus, bacteria, and fungus. In all kinds of stressed and unstressed animal response studies, we see that tulsi enhances the immune response. This boost in the defence mechanism is enough to combat many diseases and infections including herpes.
Basil has antiviral and antiseptic properties, which help in killing herpes causing virus. Using basil as a remedy provides relief from herpes. You can also treat acne and infections of the skin.
Prepare the tulsi for herpesvirus medication
You can consume holy basil in many ways. The most common way is to eat the raw leaves. Try to get the leaves before the plant has flowered. This will improve the aroma and medicinal value.
As with all herbs, try to use fresh leaves as this will be the most potent. The way to use holy basil leaf tea for herpes is given here.
Make the tea: To make one cup of tea, you need 4-5 fresh leaves from the tulsi plant. If you use dried leaves, take 1 teaspoon full. Boil water and steep the holy basil leaves in this. Let it remain for 10 minutes. Filter and add 1 teaspoon of honey. Have this tea daily. For good effect have this twice a day.
For the topical application on the skin: You can apply the paste made from the fresh leaves of the holy basil plant to reduce the symptoms of herpes. Take about 10 leaves and use a mortar and pestle to grind the leaves into a paste.
- Add 2 teaspoons of any essential oil preferably Rosemary essential oil.
- Apply this paste on the blisters and sores and leave it overnight.
- Remove the paste by wiping with the wet towel. Follow this daily until the blisters and sores disappear.
If you wish to store the basil leaves, use airtight containers. If you want to refrigerate them, wrap the leaves in a damp cloth and then refrigerate them. Keep the cloth damp. You can store the basil leaves in an airtight, glass container for up to six months.
Holy Basil Side effects and warnings
It is not known whether the long-term consumption of tulsi leaves is safe. Eating the leaves for up to six weeks does not show any side effects. Holy basil might slow blood clotting. If you are due for surgery, stop taking the tulsi leaves two weeks before the surgery.
You can safely use holy basil for herpes treatment naturally. Its always better to prevent unsafe sex to avoid hsv 1 and hsv2.