TULSI, Ocimum sanctum

TULSI

Latin name: Ocimum sanctum

English name: Holy basil

Sanskrit name: Tulsi

Indian name: Tulasi

Medicinal parts used: Leaves

Tulsi is a many branched, erect stout and aromatic herb. It grows up to the height of about 75cms and is hairy all over.  The plant has tender leaves, usually smooth, up to 2.5cm in length. The herb is bitter and pungent. This herb has been known from as early as Vedic period .The holy basil is native to India. It reached Western Europe in the 16th Century. It has now widely grown throughout the world.

Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. 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.

Therapeutic use:

  • Tulsi is rich in antioxidant and renowned for its restorative powers.
  • Tulsi has several benefits such as relieves stress/adaptogen, bolsters immunity, enhances stamina, provides support during cold season, promotes healthy metabolism, a natural immunomodulator.
  • Tulsi also relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers and improves digestion.
  • Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Tulsi has been used for thousands of years to prevent and minimize the symptoms of colds and flu, to support upper respiratory health, reduce fevers and promote overall health.
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