Tukmaria Seeds (ocimum basilicum) are also known as tukham malanga. They are holy seeds in many Asian countries, due to their exceptional qualities.
Tukmaria seeds should not be given directly to children, since they can choke on it.
A word of caution. In case of pregnant women, these seeds are known to lower down the levels of estrogen in the body. It is best to consult your doctor if you’re pregnant or suffering from any other ailments before adding sabja seeds to your diet.
Pregnant women or those who are trying to conceive should not intake Tukmaria seeds since they can lower the estrogen levels in the body and prevent pregnancy.
Risks Of Basil (Tulsi) During Pregnancy:
- Do not consume basil seeds during pregnancy, however. This is advised against by many gynaecologists and doctors as they can have uterine contractions, which can further result in miscarriage. Further, the seeds can also increase the flow of blood and hence stimulate menstruation.
In case you are taking anticoagulant drugs, basil should be avoided as they have blood-thinning agents.
Eugenol is present in basil, and this can trigger heart rates, mouth burns, and giddiness and also can lead to culminate coma. Hence take doctors’ advice always before having this regularly.
Do not have basil leaves, at least two weeks before a Caesarian delivery or surgery.
Excess of intake may bring down blood sugar, which is not good. The low blood sugar levels in case detected in pregnant women should avoid having this basil herb for health of both mother and fetus.
Basil, in general, is safe to be taken during pregnancy in moderate amounts. You can use it as a mild seasoning to flavour your food. However, it makes sure to wash basil properly before consumption.
Precautions To Take While Consuming Tulsi During Pregnancy:
If you would like to avail the various health benefits of the holy basil during the pregnancy period and make it a part of your diet, then you will be needed to undertake the following precautions to ensure safety for both you and your baby.
Do not consume it in excess. The Herbalists suggest the consumption of only 115 ml of decoction of the herb three times a day.
Wash the herbs thoroughly before use to wash out the bacteria, parasites, which may lead to food-borne infections like toxoplasmosis and listeriosis.
Always consult a doctor before you make tulsi leave in pregnancy diet.