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     FOREVER TULSI

Ocimum sanctum

Sanskrit

:

Tulasi

English

:

Holy Basil

Latin name

:

Ocimum sanctum

Family

:

Lauraceae

Next to the Lotus, Basil is perhaps the most sacred plant of India. Basil opens the heart and mind. Basil gives the protection of the divine by clearing the aura and strengthening the immune system.It contains natural mercury, which, as the semen of Shiva, give the seed power of pure awareness. It removes excess Kapha from the lungs and nasal passages, increasing Prana and promoting sensory acuity

 

Morphology: A sweet scented woody herb. This is popularly called Sacred basil or Tulasi. The stem and leaves are hairy and green to purple colored. The leaves are oval shaped and has toothed margin. The flowers are small, white to pink or purplish, 2-lipped and arranged in whorls on a spike. The fruits are nutlets. Each nutlet has four, small seeds, which resembles that of small mustard. Seeds donít become sticky when wet. Basil contains eugenol, carvacrol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene.

 

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:

Rasa

:

Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)

Guna

:

Ruksha (dry)

Virya

:

Ushna (hot)

Vipaka

:

Katu (pungent)

Doshakarma

:

Kapha - Vata Shamaka (alleviate K and V Dosha)

 

 

Useful parts

:

Leaves, roots and seeds.

Medicinal uses

:

Leaves are used as aromatic, carminative, antipyretic, diaphoretic and expectorant. It improves appetite, affections of the ear, destroys intestinal worms and cures skin diseases such as itches, ring worm, leprosy, ulcers and poisonous affections.

Dose

:

Swarasa (juice) 5- 10 ml.

Important formulations

:

Tulasi swarasa

Home remedies:

  1. In dysurea, its seeds 2gm should be taken with 20 ml decoction of Punarnava.
  2. In skin disorders, paste of its leaves should be applied.
  3. In cough, dyspnoea, 5 Ė 10 ml Swarasa of its leaves should be taken with honey.
  4. In cold and cough, decoction of its leaves and clove also should be preffered.

 

Summary:

 

Basil is an effective diaphoretic and febrifuge in most colds, flus and lung problems. It also removes high Vata from the colon, improves absorption and strengthens the nerve tissue, increasing memory. It develops real strength in the body & gives protection against stress & common ailments. It clears the aura and strengthens the immune system. It has the property of destroying bacteria and insects. Basil is regarded as an adaptogen or antistress agent.

 

Recent studies have shown that it affords significant protection against stress. It is good for maintaining dental health counteracting bad breath. It has antioxidant and radioprotective properties. The antibacterial activity combined with anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of the oil, could make it useful in inflammatory disorder resulting from staphylococcal infection.

 

Results of another study show that Tulasi has hypocholesterolaemic and antioxidant effects. In a study, significant cardioprotection and functional recovery demonstrated, may be attributed to its anti-apoptotic property. It also has  powerful wound healing and chemopreventive properties.


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