India’s Holy Basil – Tulsi


The Tulsi plant is venerated and is invariably grown in the courtyard of every hindu house. It is known as Holy Basil in English and Tulasi in Sanskrit. Other names used for the Tulsi are Manjari, Krishna Tulsi, Trittavu, Tulshi and Thulsi.

Tulsi is a goddess in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual and healing powers. According to legend, no amount of gold could outweigh Krishna, but a single Tulsi leaf placed on the pan in loving devotion tilted the scale.

To inaugurate the winter wedding season in many parts of India, Tulsi, as a plant, is ceremonially married to Krishna in the form of a sacred stone.

Tulsi has got the great medicinal value.

1. The earth round the Tulasi Plant is used as application in the form of a paste for massaging the body to counteract the effects on the skin of debilitating marshy environment. Famous Indian wrestlers have used it to come out victorious.

2. Tulasi leaves placed with water in a shining copper vessel overnight and partaken in the
morning, activates a student’s brain and increases concentration and memory.

3. Tulasi is used by Indian physicians in the treatment of mental weakness, such as loss of confusion, depression, melancholia, hysteria, migraine, headache and cerebral congestion etc.

4. Tulasi leaves, eaten as daily routine in marshy area, make one immune to fever. A few
fresh leaves of Tulasi chewed and eaten with very little pepper, daily in the morning, on the empty stomach prevents malaria and helps to cure it.

5. Tulast is employed by Ayurvedic and traditional gynaecologists in regulating menstrual
cycle in women. It is used to improve fertility both in the barren and in those who are unable to safely reach full term. At the commencement of the postpartum, it helps to regularize the lochia.

6. Tulasi is used to purify blood in blood poisoning and similar conditions, along with the
juice of neem leaves.

7. As a common household remedy, it is found very effective in common household
remedy. It is found very effective in common cold, laryngitis, tonsillitis, cough, influenza  and its complications.

8. In bronchial asthma and respiratory allergic conditions, a pinch of pure turmeric powder mixed with honey and the juice of Tulasi is very effective.

9. It is useful externally and internally in relieving discomfort and pain associated with
dental decay such as caries and chronic infective conditions such as pyarrhea.

10. In alimentary disorders causing gastritis, flatulence, colic and dyspepsia, Tulasi is very
useful to stimulate digestive secretions.

11. Seasonal arthritis triggered by humid weather is relieved by this remedy.

12. In pneumonia, physicians use it as anupana for specific remedies. In the preparation of Tribhuvanakirti Rasa; a classical Ayurvedic remedy that protects the lungs and clears
congestion in the later stages of influenza, Tulasi is one of the juices used in herbally activating the preparation.

13. Regular use of Tulasi prevents pleurisy and also supports specifie curative remedies used to treat the same.

14. Externally and internally, it is useful in palliating eye symptoms caused by conjunctivitis such as redness, lachrymation, adhesive secretions and photophobia.

15. Tulasi cures dimness of sight. Its juice, regularly used as eye drops, prevents cataract
formation. Here it is as efficient as the homeopathic remedy, Cinereria maritime.

16. It is very useful in itching and irritation of the ear and dfficulty of hearing caused by
Vatakapha. Samsarga Dosha which builds up as age advances.

17. Tulasi gives a glow to the skin when constantly used both internally and externally. It
is a freely available cosmetic for women.

18. Fresh juice of the plant, steeped in honey, is a great pediatric remedy for cold and cough in children. Being mildly laxative, it also helps elimination tract of the phlegm.

19. Partaken with ginger juice after meals, Tulasi acts as a carminative and digestant.