The holy Tulsi or basil leaves is an acclaimed herb in almost every Indian household for the past 5000 years. Known for its holiness, it is treated the ‘queen of herbs’. It is also very well known for its medicinal properties and is the base to almost every Ayurvedic medicine.
Why these Basil Leaves are so special?
We now know that Tulsi leaves are a gift explored and passed over to us by our ancient seers. But, what did they explore and what makes these leaves to be termed the queen, let’s read:
The best germicidal agent: When you have a cold or cough, try boiling a few Tulsi leaves with plain water. Extracting the decoction or filtering out the leaves and drinking down the water will bring great relief to your cold and cough irritation sooner than you expected. It will also soothe your infected respiratory tract. Now, don’t throw out the filtered out leaves, you can very much munch them for more beneficial results.
An excellent anti-inflammatory solution: When you are suffering of flu or fever, there could be nothing more than Tulsi that can act against the influencing virus. For acute fevers, make a decoction out of boiled Tulsi leaves and half a teaspoon of cardamom powder + half a teaspoon of sugar. Use this as syrup to treat your fever and be cured of fever instantly.
Known for its strengthening capacity: In case you or your close ones are suffering from renal stones, then go to Tulsi for help. Make a juice out of Tulsi leaves, stir in a teaspoon of honey and drink up this juice on an empty stomach in the early morning to find wonderful results.
Best immunity booster: If pollution takes a toll on your health, Tulsi is the go-to agent to boost your immunity against these harmful environmental agents. Pluck a few Tulsi leaves, rinse them well and chew these leaves to boost your body’s immunity power.
Expert cholesterol controller: Tulsi is the best cholesterol regulator. If you keep munching on Tulsi leaves, it will streamline your blood for its cholesterol levels and keep your blood cholesterol levels maintained. It contains Vitamin C and Eugenol as additional features, which have a splendid effect on cholesterol levels.
The best solution for diabetes: If you have been fighting with high and uncontrollable diabetes counts, then Tulsi will spare you off the stress. Keep munching on fresh Tulsi leaves to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
A one stop solution for beauty woes: There are many beauty complaints for the youth-pimples and acnes, dry or oily scalp, white heads or black heads, large pores on the skin, loosened skin which needs tightening and so on. Tulsi is just the solution you have to go for. Making a pack out of Tulsi for your hair and skin related problems; applying the same and leaving it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinsing it off will provide a solution to your beauty woes.
Infection fighting master: No matter what kind of infection you are suffering from, treat it with Tulsi. Drink down the Tulsi extract and be surprised to find that your infection has gone away at once!
A good laxative: If you have been suffering from stomach infections, digestion problems and constipation, try drinking Tulsi juice on an empty stomach. You will be amazed at the miracle.
The best pain reliever: If you have been suffering from tooth pain/rheumatism, then treat it with a pack of Tulsi leaves to get relieved of pain instantly.
Expert detoxifier: Smokers and drinkers who have recouped themselves from these bad habits and are looking for detoxifying their lungs from all those accumulated pollutants, then Tulsi is the best solution for this as well. Munching on Tulsi leaves will extract all the poison away from you.
Promotes quick healing: If you have been suffering of an unhealable infection, then trust on Tulsi. Just munching on fresh leaves and taking in Tulsi extracts can do the wonder to your problems.
Treats cuts and wounds expertly: If you have had a recent cut or wound, apply some Tulsi pack over the affected area. Tulsi will fight those infections and drive away the pain instantly. You will be healed very soon with its miracle.
With all these pronounced professional qualities, now we know why it is the one-stop-solution for health problems. Try planting Tulsi leaves in your balcony or backyard-it not only brings benefits to your health, but also brings in positive vibrations to your living space because it is that holy!!
Probably that is why our grandmothers and moms worshipped the plant so very much. Even though we don’t get the real time for this plant’s worship, let us be a part of its medicinal worship-join the Tulsi revolution and spread the word of goodness to the world around you!
It’s no secret that at 100 feet long, blue whales are the largest living animal on Earth. A blue whale can be the size of a passenger plane, or the size of three school buses, with a heart the size of a car, and a tongue that weighs as much as an elephant. Despite all we know about their incredible size, these undersea giants still have secrets to hide. That’s why Dr. Asha de Vos has dedicated her life to studying the mysteries of the blue whale.
Dr. Asha de Vos, Photo: Yasha Hetzel
Asha’s experience with blue whales started in 2003, when she was on a research vessel tracking sperm whales near Sri Lanka. The ship was using underwater microphones (called hydrophones) to locate their targets while Asha was on deck standing lookout on a clear, calm day. Suddenly, a tall spout broke the surface of the ocean, reaching high up, up into the sky. The enormous spout could only come from one animal: a blue whale.
That one blue whale turned out to be two and as Asha and the ship followed them, they found something that would change the course of her whole career. They came across bright red neon nuggets of whale poop.
It’s easy to laugh at this discovery, but the poop revealed a clue about the nature of these blue whales. Blue whales typically feed in colder waters and migrate to warm waters to breed and calve. It doesn’t get much warmer than Sri Lanka, a tropical country five degrees above the equator. The poop was a sign that these whales were actually feeding in warm waters.
This breakthrough launched a path for Asha’s pioneering work with the “unorthodox blue whales” of Sri Lanka. They were behaving in a way that no other blue whales do, because they are the only population of blue whales in the world that do not migrate. The uniquely enclosed ocean basin of Sri Lanka and monsoon weather can be remarkably productive for plant and animal life so they have no need to migrate.
Threats to Blue Whales
Whales in the northern Indian Ocean have never had to face the threats of whaling except for a time in the 1960s when Soviets hunted about 1,300 blue whales. Today, the threat of whaling is all but obsolete, leaving ship strikes as the biggest threat to blue whales here.
The south coast of Sri Lanka has one of the busiest shipping lanes in the entire world. Everything that travels between Singapore and Dubai, two of the biggest ports in the world, go through this area. Ship traffic has actually quadrupled in this part of the ocean in the past century.
The blue whales in these waters are caught in the crossfire, their ranges overlapping with the modern shipping lanes. Even with their massive size, the whales can’t compete with the force of a speeding container ship, their broken bodies coming into port wrapped around the bow or floating in the ocean with enormous gashes.
Something must be done to separate the ships from the whales. Using science, it shows that ninety percent of ships aren’t coming into Sri Lankan ports. By shifting shipping lanes 15 nautical miles off shore, it would be possible to avoid the places where whales breed, calve, and feed. The remaining ten percent of ships that do enter the country could do much less lethal damage if they would at least slow down in the areas where whales are found.
Blue Whales’ Vital Role
Blue whales are iconic and beloved, but they also have a vital role as ecosystem engineers. These 300,000 pound animals dive deep into the ocean, consuming iron and nitrogen that can’t be found on the surface and bringing it back to the top when they breathe. As they do, they release enormous fecal plumes full of nutrients—the ocean’s fertilizer. The phytoplankton (tiny forms of plant life) released in these plumes are the foundation for of the marine food chain and also release oxygen into the environment for the whole planet.
When they die, blue whales’ bodies provide food for scavengers and as they sink to the ocean floor, they remove carbon from the atmosphere. Blue whales remove 190,000 tons of carbon a year from the surface of the atmosphere, bringing it to the ocean depth and delaying the effects of global warming.
Creating Opportunity for Marine Conservation
Sri Lanka is rich in biodiversity but less than 1% of their oceans have been protected. The country has been listed as one of the forty worst funded countries for conservation. The country struggles with meeting the challenges faced by the marine ecosystem.
Part of the problem is that marine biologists in Sri Lanka lack opportunity, which is why Asha established Oceanswell. Oceanswell is the first marine conservation research and education organization in Sri Lanka; the organization hopes to answer the growing need for marine conservation in the region using homegrown talent to address local issues and create conservation solutions.
Seventy percent of the planet is ocean yet there’s a disproportionate amount of conservationists working to save it. Asha believes that if we really want to make a difference, we will need custodians on every coastline who can empower, engage, and enable people to care about and protect our oceans.
We believe in Oceanswell’s mission to create the next generation of marine conservationists who will show everyone the magic of the world’s oceans.
Check out Dr. Asha De Vos’ presentation from the 2017 Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo