Tomato Soup

Basil is one of the most sacred and holy herbs from India and is commonly known as ‘Tulsi’ in Hindi. Because of its amazing benefits and healing properties, it is often termed as the “queen of herbs”. The Tulsi plant belongs to the mint family and is used to cure various diseases and aids in the purification of the atmosphere. It contains strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune enhancing properties.

Benefits of Tulsi

There are endless benefits of Tulsi. Let us have a quick look at some of them:

1.     Fever and Common Cold:

Tulsi has medicinal properties and is a good disinfectant protecting the human body from all types of viral infections. In case of fever and common cold, boil some basil leaves with cardamom powder in half a little of water mixed with sugar and milk.

2.     Cough and Respiratory Problems:

Chewing Tusli leaves is a good cure for cough and flu. Taking tulsi leaves with honey and ginger is very effective in mobilizing mucous in bronchitis and asthma attacks. You will be surprised to know that Tulsi is one of the main ingredients in preparing cough syrups.

3.     Healing Properties:

Basil leaves have antiseptic properties and helps in reducing pain. They are also used in treating ulcers, cuts and wounds. Infact, chewing a basil leaf or applying its juice on the area bitten by an insect also helps in relieving the pain.

4.     Helps Remove Kidney Stones

One of the greatest benefits of Basil leaves is that they leave a lasting effect on Kidneys. Drinking basil leaves juice with honey helps in removing kidney stones through the urinary tract.

5.     Helps in Diabetes

Basil leaves controls blood sugar level in a person. It helps combat diabetes.

6.     Aids in Weight Loss

Yes, basil leaves even help in Weight loss. If taken with curd, it aids in weight loss and make you active.

7.     Good for Eyes

Basil juice works wonders for the eyes. It is an effective remedy for sore eyes, night blindness, degeneration and cataracts. It acts as relaxants for eyes and soothes the eyes reducing stress.

You can prepare a number of recipes with Basil leaves. To start with, here is the recipe for sumptuous Tomato Basil Rich Cream Soup.

Recipe for Tomato Basil Rich Cream Soup

Ingredients:

  • 8 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 8 cups tomato juice
  • 25 basil leaves
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Method:

  • Place tomatoes and tomato juice in a pot and put over medium flame. Simmer for around 30 minutes. Don’t forget to stir in between.
  • Add basil leaves in the tomatoes mixture and add basil leaves. Mix them well and puree the mixture.
  • Return this puree mixture to the pot and place it over medium heat. Keep stirring in heavy cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Keep stirring until the butter melts.

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