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Tulsi: Uses & Benefits

 Huda Shaikh
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Tulsi Uses Benefits

What’s life without a hint of spice! And may we add – the wholesome goodness of herbs. Let’s begin by understanding the difference between herb and spice. It’s simple enough: Herbs are the leafy parts of plants and shrubs used for flavouring foods or for medicinal uses, for instance, ginger root (herb) is steeped in boiled water for tea used in a medicinal manner. Spices are harvested from the flowers, seeds, bark or roots of plants or trees such as cinnamon (bark), coriander (seed of the cilantro plant), saffron and root of the ginger. At times, the lines get really blurred, for instance, the same ginger, this time – dried and grounded – is used as a spice while baking ginger cookies! Not don’t get confused – the point is all herbs and spices come loaded with benefits. The herbs and spices that we cover in our “Monsoon Special” feature have many medicinal and culinary uses. Infact, they have in use for over 5000 years ago, and continue to benefit the human race – in more ways than one! Mumbai-based clinical nutritionist, Huda Shaikh, unveils to you the wholesome and flavour some world of 7 herbs/spices. She will not only surprise you with their not-so-known health benefits (did you know that saffron contains the naturally-occurring equivalent of crocin!) but will also guide you on how you can make herbs/spices a part of your family’s daily diet. Huda starts this 7-part blog series with pudina (mint) and then goes on to cover kesar (saffron), dalchini (cinnamon), methi (fenugreek), tulsi (Indian basil), haldi (turmeric) and finally brings down the curtain with adrak (ginger), which is debatably both - a herb and a spice! For each of the herb/spice, Huda lists out the “benefits” first and follows it with a “how to use” in your everyday diet. So even as the pitter-patter of the rain brings with it a host of undesirable health issues, parentune raises the curtain on the goodness that resides in the little bottles or small dibbas on your kitchen shelves – as they say for every malady, there is a cure in nature. Here's wishing you a happy and healthy monsoon! Read on…


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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 20, 2017

Hi Rehana,You can simply boil the leaves in water or make a paste out of it. You can add it to juices,soups,pastas and khichdis :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 20, 2017

Hi Madhavi,Hope you are doing good. No you need not giver her the entire stick at one go :) Try adding some cinnamon powder to the soups/cakes/pancakes/khichdis/pulav/oatmeal or fruit porridge/rice porridge rather than giving her an entire stick of cinnamon. Occasionally you can also add little cinnamon powder to a glass of lemon juice :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 20, 2017

Hi Dora,Glad you liked the blog. I would like to know as to whether there is a specific reason for giving your little one an immunity boosting concoction ?

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Madhavi Vazrapu

| Aug 19, 2017

hi it's very informative. I give my child a pinch of turmeric with honey everyday after brush. I tried to introduce a pinch of cinnamon with honey but she resisted to have it. she's interested to take cinnamon as it is. can I give her cinnamon stick everyday.

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Rehana Abbas

| Aug 09, 2017

hii.. how to use Tutsi leaf q

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Dora Ferns

| Aug 07, 2017

Very detailed and informative blog Huda!! thnx for this info regarding these wonder spices n herbs. can u suggest a concotion for my 23 mth toddler to boost immunity..

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 04, 2017

Hi Savita,Hope you are doing good. You can add pudina and dried methi (kasuri methi)to your little ones diet. Methi dana has a strong taste hence its better to add it post 1 year of age. Your child might not like it as of now :)

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Savita Pawar

| Aug 04, 2017

hi can I add methi dana and pudina in my baby meal... baby is 9 months old

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Shilpa Agarwal

| Aug 04, 2017

thanks for providing such a wonderful information

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Renu Mohta

| Aug 04, 2017

very helpful tips.. thanks a lot

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Vandana Singh

| Aug 04, 2017

thanks for gud information..

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Sarita Kulkarni

| Aug 04, 2017

good info

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 03, 2017

Hi Smrity,If it is severe then please see a doc. If it is normal cold then you can add just few mint leaves to 2 cups of water,reduce to half,strain it and give it to your child. You can add a tsp of honey also.

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 03, 2017

Hi Premla,How long have you been suffering from irregular periods (post pregnancy). It is actually considered normal as you might be breastfeeding. Usually happens for 4-6months. However if post that it doesn't get better then you need to see a Dr. Do not try any home remedies for now.

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Sumaiya Patel

| Aug 03, 2017

lq

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Premla Olacherry

| Aug 03, 2017

can u please tell me hw cinnamon solve menstrual issues. After delivery i have irregular periods.

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Shikha Bansal

| Aug 03, 2017

thanks for sharing useful information

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Smrity Sharma

| Aug 03, 2017

hello HUDA ji meri beti 3. 6years ki h.

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sravanthi y

| Aug 03, 2017

Gtyj

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Anushi,Yes you can use it during both the seasons,as the quantity of saffron is minimum,the less the better. Too much of it is not required. Just add few strands of saffron to a glass of milk or any favorite dessert of your little one :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Anu,Yes you can add few strands to a glass of milk ,no issues at all :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Ranjani,Yes you can boil few mint leaves with 2 cups of water and reduce the quantity to half. Add 1/2 tsp of honey to it and your child ca then consume it. 1)Turmeric milk is a great option for cold. 2)Ginger and mint concoction is another option. 3)Saffron milk with honey. 4)You can scrape off some nutmeg mix it with minimal water and apply it on your child's forehead. Make sure you use only 1 remedy at a time and not everything simultaneously.

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Snehashish,Yes you can follow the same remedy as the one suggested to Archana :)

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Archana,Hope you are doing good. Yes you can add few kesar strands to a glass of milk,1 Tsp nuts powder with a tsp of honey.

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 02, 2017

Hi Lakshmi,Hope you are doing good. You can give these herbs preferably after 8 months. Till 6 months mother's milk is the best :)

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Komal

| Aug 02, 2017

useful info.

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Lakshmi Gopalrao

| Aug 02, 2017

can I give my baby saffron & pudina ..he is 5 1/2 months old now

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Devi Bagrecha

| Aug 02, 2017

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Parul Maheshwari

| Aug 02, 2017

very usefull information about kesar nd mind.. thanks a lot

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Nidhi Sawant

| Aug 02, 2017

thnks fr such a wonderful information... its really helpful

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Archana

| Aug 02, 2017

I can give Kesar to my baby he is 3yrs old

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Nandini Bala

| Aug 02, 2017

very informative... thanks a lot

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puloma pandey

| Aug 02, 2017

the most awaited blog . I always wanted to know about kesar , it's uses and benefits. Thanks for the nice blog.

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Sonal Joglekar

| Aug 02, 2017

Nice information. Really worth to read. Thanks for sharing.

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Ranjani Ravi

| Aug 02, 2017

can I give mint leave to my 1. 3 yrs baby facing chest cold and running nose .. also can you give any other remedy to cure cold

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Saanvi Dumbwani

| Aug 02, 2017

Thanks for the suggestion it is so useful for me .

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Snehasish Modak

| Aug 02, 2017

Can I give kesar to 2 yrs baby boy?

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Namrata

| Aug 02, 2017

Ada AZ Z jump

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Sindhu Kekane

| Aug 02, 2017

very gud info thnx for sharing

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Anu

| Aug 02, 2017

so mam can i give kessar for my 1yrs old baby ....... she dont suffering any problems ????

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Neeti Anand

| Aug 02, 2017

very nice information. .thanks fr sharing

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Anu

| Aug 02, 2017

thank u for ur suggestion

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Shivali Mhavalankar

| Aug 02, 2017

very useful information. thx

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Nidhi Dixit

| Aug 02, 2017

very nice tips thanks

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Anushi Singhal

| Aug 02, 2017

i mean can it be given in summers and winters both

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Anushi Singhal

| Aug 02, 2017

how can i give kesar to my daughter 2y 8m old??

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Asma Nawab

| Aug 02, 2017

very good tips thanks

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 Huda Shaikh

| Aug 01, 2017

Hi All,I am glad you liked the article many more to come. @Smrity-how old is your daughter ?

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Smrity Sharma

| Aug 01, 2017

kya cold or cough problem me hum bachho Ko lemon juice or pudina ka drink de sakte h? Meri beti Ko thoda tonsils or cough ki problem h.

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swetha joshi

| Aug 01, 2017

thank you so very much for valuable information

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Vaish Raju

| Aug 01, 2017

wow thanks for sharing

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Shreya

| Aug 01, 2017

Hey this is just so interesting and to open your site and be welcomed by the lush greens first thing in the morning. Thanks Parentune. The blog is also quite informative. Kudos to the team.

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Dr Pooja AttreyPT

| Aug 01, 2017

wonderful info!thanx for sharing:)

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