Botanical name – Ocimum sanctum
Family name – Lamiaceae
English name – Holy Basil, Sacred Basil
Common name – Tulsi
Synonyms – Surasa, Vrinda, Devadundubhi, Bahumanjari, Apetarakshasi, Barbari, Arjaka, Gandhapatra, Kuteraka, Ugragandha, Sumukha
Habit – Perennial shrub
Useful Parts – Leaves, Roots and Seeds.
Common Uses –Tulsi has anti inflammatory properties as it reduces vata . Hence its external application on swollen parts helps to diminish swelling and pain. It helps in many skin disorders, skin rashes, insect bites and itching, also used to reduce acne, pimples and scars.Leaves of this plant are effectively used in ringworminfections and lucoderma.Fresh juice of Tulsi leaves is used in nasya karma. This method helps to relieve headache and diseases of head and neck. Tulsi leaves act as nervine tonic and help to sharpen memory.Beneficial in indigestion, intestinal parasites, constipation, fever, cough, bronchitis and other diseases of lungs. It helps in expectoration of excess mucous secretion.Tulsi acts as a cardiac tonic and purifies blood.It also increases quantity of semen and helps to reduce stress.
Indications – It is used externally as a paste in painful oedema and wounds. Its seed is used internally in rhinitis, cough, pain in waist, vomiting, abdominal pain, intermittent fever, cardiac disorders, oedema, burning micturition, disorders of blood and general weakness.
Products description – It is a main ingredient in Tulsi Herbal tea, Ginger-Tulsi Tea, Asthma Help Herbal Tea, Pratishyaya (Cold Relief Tea) and Kapha Herbal Tea.