Benfits of Tulsi(Holy basil)

Tulsi is an aromatic perennial shrub growing to about 75cm. As its Latin name implies it is considered to be a very sacred plant. It is used externally as a poultice for fungal infections and boils, also an excellent herb for fevers, colds and coughs.

Benefits of Holy basil: Skin diseases, first stages of many cancer, cough, cold, respiratory problems, asthma, arthritis, improves memory, sinus headache, blood and heart tonic, strengthens nerve tissue, relieves depression, improves digestion, headache, bronchitis, colon diseases, rheumatism, gum problems.

Action: Antispasmodic, anthelminthic, carminative, stomachic, antiasthmatic, antirheumatic, stimulant, antiperiodic, antipyretic, diaphoretic, demulcent, expectorant, anticatarrhal

Useful parts: Leaves.

Dosage: 1–9g per day dried or 5–15ml per day.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter

Vırya(energy): Heating

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Dry, light

Dosa effect: VK−, P+

Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood, nerve, reproductive

Srotas (channel): Respiratory, digestive, nervous, circulatory, urinary.

Preparation: Decotion, powder, juice.

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Tulasi, Surasaa, Surasa, Bhuutaghni, Suravalli, Sulabhaa, Manjarikaa, Bahumanjari, Devadundubhi, Apet-raakshasi, Shuulaghni, Graamya, Sulabhaa.

English: Holy Basil, Sacred Basil.

Botanical Classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Tracheophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Lamiales

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Ocimum

Species: Ocimum tenuiflorum