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 ringworm infections and leucoderma. Fresh juice of Tulsi leaves is used in Nasya karma. This method helps to relieve headaches and diseases of the head and neck. Tulsi leaves act as nervine tonic and helps to sharpen memory. Beneficial in indigestion, intestinal parasites, constipation, fever, cough, bronchitis, and other diseases of the lungs. It helps in the expectoration of excess mucous secretion. Tulsi acts as a cardiac tonic and purifies the blood. It also increases the 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 the waist, vomiting, abdominal pain, intermittent fever, cardiac disorders, oedema, burning micturition, disorders of the blood, and general weakness.
Product description – It is the main ingredient in Tulsi Herbal tea, Ginger-Tulsi Tea, Asthma Help Herbal Tea, Pratishyaya (Cold Relief Tea), and Kapha Herbal Tea.