For thousands of years, Tulasi also known as The Holy Basil, has been used in India as a medicinal plant, and is an important symbol of Hinduism. Commonly used in Ayurveda, its powerful medicinal properties aid to cure common ailments. Tulasi is mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity.
The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen the memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seeds of the plant are mucilaginous. Overall providing great healing powers when suffering from a Fever, Common Cold, Throat pains, Coughs, Respiratory Disorders… but it doesn’t stop there, studies show how it help get rid of Kidney Stones and heart disorders. If the plant is grinded and use as a paste it can aid Insect bites, Mouth infection (such as ulcer – a few leaves can be chewed) and Skin disorders. A few drops of the Basil juice every night can aid for those who suffer from sore eyes and night-blindness.
I buy my Tulsi in tea bags from my health food shop and have experienced great benefit with managing stress, and going to sleep at night. I feel more ‘balanced’ after a cup of Tulsi tea... one of those feeling that is hard to explain until you try it for yourself.
Have you had any experience with this plant? If so please share with me!
IMPORTANT: These are only general guidelines. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case. The views expressed above are entirely those of the author.