Holy Basil, the “queen of herbs” is the most sacred of all the herbs found in India! This sacred plant is found in almost every Indian household. Tulsi has been used in India for around 5000 years and is acclaimed for its healing properties of the mind, body and spirit. Tulsi has been widely popular in South Asian countries for many centuries and now is also gaining popularity in the West.
Most commonly known as “Tulsi” or “Tulasi” (Hindi) in India, the basil plant is a leafy herb belonging to the mint family. The scientific name of Tulsi is Ocimum Tenuiflorum and is its English term in Basil. There are three variants of Tulsi; Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, and Vana Tulsi. Each of the variants has its own distinctive taste. The parts of Tulsi generally used are its leaves, seeds, and dried roots.
The extract obtained from Tulsi plants is used to cure various diseases such as common cold, inflammation, malaria, heart diseases, and many more. Tulsi contains hundreds of beneficial compounds and possesses strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune enhancing properties. Tulsi also aids in the purification of the atmosphere. It has been used for centuries as an important component of Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogenic, balancing different processes in the body and enabling the body to adapt to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as an “elixir of life” and is well known to promote longevity. It is because of these numerous benefits that “Tulsi medicinal plant” is worshiped as a goddess in India!
Apart from its medicinal properties, Tulsi is widely known for its beauty uses. Tulsi has so many beauty benefits like it lightens the skin tone, soothes the acne prone sensitive skin and even helps with eliminating pimples/acne. There are some amazing benefits that Tulsi can give us. Tulsi packs also remove the pimple marks from the face.
Here are 5 home- made face packs with Tulsi that will enhance your beauty manifolds.
1. Tulsi face pack for skin brightening
Take around 10 tulsi leaves and half a teaspoonful of milk powder. Grind the tulsi leaves with some water and add the milk powder to form a paste of medium consistency. Apply this paste on the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse the face with plain water. This tulsi face pack is excellent for brightening the skin. It adds an instant glow on the skin and skin feels instantly brightened due to the lactic acid and tulsi in it. This can be done 2 times a week and it’s good for all skin types including the sensitive skin as well.
2. Tulsi face pack for acne prone skin
You will need some 10 -12 Tulsi leaves, 7-8 Neem leaves and half a teaspoonful of sandalwood powder. Grind the neem and tulsi leaves and add sandalwood with some rose water. Once you get the paste, apply it on the cleansed face and wash off after 20 minutes. This Tulsi and neem face pack is wonderful for acne prone skin and both the ingredients are powerful anti-inflammatory and anti- bacterial. Sandal wood further soothes the skin. You can use this 2 times a week.
3. Tulsi face pack for Dry skin
Dry skin can be difficult to tackle especially during winters then you can try this Tulsi face pack to combat the dryness and get the instant glow. Take some tulsi leaves and grind them, add some yoghurt and mix it well. Apply it on the face and keep for 15-20 minutes. This will quickly make the skin supple and nourished.
4. Multani Mitti and Tulsi face pack for Oily skin
While dry skin is hard to tackle, same is the case with oily skin as it is more likely to get pimples and break -outs. This home -made Multani Mitti face pack with tulsi leaves will be excellent to keep the skin oil free and clear. Take a teaspoonful of Multani Mitti (Fuller’s earth) and mix it with some ground tulsi leaves. You can dilute the paste with some rose water or just the plain water. This is really easy to prepare. You will have to keep it for 20 minutes and it can be tried 2 times a week for oily skin to keep the skin problems away.
5. Tulsi face pack for fading marks and pimples
Another home made tulsi face pack that would be every effective in removing the marks and scars left by the breaks outs. You will need 10-12 Tulsi leaves and tomato pulp. Mix tomato pulp with some ground tulsi leaves and apply this on your face for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.
Gradually the marks and pimples will fade revealing a clear skin that glows. Tulsi is a wonderful product that will give you clear bright skin. So, try these face packs consistently and let the change in your skin texture.