Tulsi — an unfamiliar word but an ingredient that’s garnering attention in the beauty world. The name itself already means manna for healthy hair and skin; it’s holy basil, a sacred Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. You’ll find them growing in the temples and homes of families who display it as a sign of worship. Many harvest the plant as a medicinal herb, originally used to treat anything from cough to heart-related illnesses.

This single herb can be used in any form; consume as tea to boost the immune system, apply as a cream or ointment for skin infection or insect bites, and even oil to soothe and heal the skin. It’s a powerful immunity booster, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral, which has now been converted to provide skincare benefits as well.

Tulsi, also known as holy basil. Image: Organic India

In the book of beauty, tulsi can help with inflammation, reduce the appearance of acne and brighten freckles — these are basically all the signs and symptoms of a stressed-out skin, no matter it’s caused from internal or external factors. So adding on to the long list of benefits, tulsi is also researched to be an adaptogen with high antioxidant content — in a shorter term, it’s a skincare stress-reliever. If you find yourself suffering from any stress or ageing-related skin concerns, tulsi is for you. It also further helps combat free radical damage that you’ll get from environmental pollutants.

Sound like a miracle herb? It is — if you’re experiencing stress-related skin problems. Here’s there of them for you to try.

 

 

 

 

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.