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Video:How to Treat Insect Bites With Tulsi

with Reetu Rudra

Treat insect bites with tulsi for a natural cure to painful rashes and irritations. Here are some tips on how to treat insect bites with tulsi juice or a tulsi paste.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Treat Insect Bites With Tulsi

Namaste, I'm Reetu Rudra from Rudra Ayurveda in New York for About.com. Today I'm going to demonstrate how to treat insect bites with tulsi.

Tulsi has a lot of health benefits. We use tulsi for respiratory disorders, to increase the immunity of the body, to enhance the metabolism of the body, it cures skin infections; it has anti-bacterial, anti-protozoal, and a lot of other properties. Due to all of this, we use tulsi for insect bites as well.

Supplies Needed to Treat Insect Bites With Tulsi

To cure insect bites with tulsi, we need:
  • fresh tulsi leaves
  • a mortar and pestle
  • cotton swabs
  • water
  • a spoon
  • a wet cotton cloth
  • cotton bandage
It's always easy to get fresh tulsi plants in India, but it's hard to find in North America. You can easily get tulsi powder or tulsi tea in stores, but it's best to try to find tulsi plants in Hindu temples.

Extract Tulsi Juice to Treat Insect Bites With Tulsi

Now I am going to show how to get the tulsi juice from the fresh leaves. We need 10-12 leaves to make a paste. So first, take the fresh leaves from the plant, wash them in fresh water.

We take the washed leaves, 10-12 leaves, put them in the mortar, add 1-2 teaspoons of water, grind for 3-4 minutes. You know you are done when the juice and the paste are separated.

Now that the mixture is ready, put it in a wet cotton cloth. Start squeezing the paste. Now you have fresh tulsi juice, and tulsi paste.

Use the Tulsi Juice and Paste to Treat Insect Bites

Take a cotton swab, and dip it in the tulsi juice. Wash the bitten area at least 2-3 times with the juice. Then apply the paste from the leaves to the area. Apply the bandage.

Repeat the procedure after every 2-3 hours. If the bite is old, say 24 hours, then it's better to take 1 teaspoon of juice after every 4 hours, at least for 2 to 3 days.
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