The herb tulsi, also known as ‘Holy Basil’ or Ocimum sanctum is regarded as a sacred herb in India and has been used for about 5000 years. It is acclaimed for its healing properties of the mind, body and spirit. Tulsi contains many beneficial compounds and is thought to possess strong antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune enhancing properties. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogenic herb, balancing different processes in the body and enabling the body to adapt to stress. It is traditionally used for combatting hair loss, dandruff and itchy scalps and for promoting healthy skin and shining hair.
HOW TO USE TULSI
Hair and scalp treatment: Mix equal amounts of tulsi and neem powders into a paste and apply it to the scalp. Cover your head with clingwrap and leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse well and wash with a mild shampoo. This can help to eliminate dandruff and itchiness and keeps the scalp clean.
Hair loss treatment: Mix equal amounts of tulsi and amla powder into a paste with cool water and leave it overnight. Add a little coconut oil and apply the mixture to your scalp. Cover your head with clingwrap and leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse well and wash with a mild shampoo. This helps to prevent hair loss and prevent premature greying of the hair.
Face pack for pimples and skin blemishes: Mix one egg white with enough tulsi powder to make a paste. Rub the mixture gently on the face, particularly on affected areas. Wash off after 20 minutes. The egg white will tighten the pores and the tulsi will disinfect the skin and prevent infections.
Anti-ageing face pack: Make a paste with tulsi powder, some honey, coconut oil and a few drops of milk. Apply to the face and neck and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with cool water. For best results do this treatment twice a week.
Toothpaste: Mix tulsi powder with coconut oil into a paste. Used as a toothpaste, it may help to maintain the health of the gums and to counteract bad breath, pyorrhoea and other dental problems. This tooth paste can also be rubbed on the gums to inhibit gum inflammation.
For all herbal treatments, whether for the skin or the hair, regular use is necessary. In some cases you will need to use the herb/s for at least 2 months for best results.
Your hair and skin are unique so when using natural extracts please bear in mind that they will react differently for everyone. Have fun experimenting!
Please note: for external use only.
Any unused powder can be resealed and stored in a cool, dry place.
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