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TULASI – the king of herbs

Latin name: Ocimum sanctum

Herb description: Tulasi is a heavy branched having hair all over. It attains the height of about 75 – 90 cm. It has round oval shaped leaves which are up to 5 cm long. The leaves are 2- 4 cm in length. Its seeds are flat. Its flowers are purple – creamish in colour. The Tulasi with the green leaves is called the Shri Tulasi and one with the reddish leaves is called the Krishna Tulasi. Its seeds are yellow to reddish in colour.

Cultivation methods: Tulasi seeds germinate easily. The seeds are mainly sown in the spring season. They are watered from time to time and germinated in one to two weeks. Tulasi prefers rich soil for its growth. It requires full sunlight. It is mainly grown in the temperate climate.

Tulasi grows in abundance near cultivated field gardens and waste lands. Its leaves, seeds and whole plant is useful.

Properties:

It is spicier and bit bitter in taste. It is attributed with lightness, roughness and sharp qualities. It is hot in potency.

Medicinal benefits of Tulasi:

  1. Consumption of leaves early in morning improves the digestion and is an excellent appetizer
  2. It is an excellent herb for respiratory system owing to anti-microbial, antibiotic and anti-viral properties. It is best taken with honey for immunity building of respiratory health.
  3. Daily consumption of Tulasi leaves reduces blood glucose levels.
  4. It has anti-lipidemic properties which help in reduction of cholesterol in arteries and acts as cardio tonic.
  5. It has many antioxidants in it and is used as anti-stress medicine.
  6. Chewing Tulasi leaves with mustard oil prevents halitosis.
  7. The herb is rubbed on scalp for hair care.
  8. Tropical application helps to cure itching
  9. In chronic cases of sinusitis, 2 drops of juice of leaves is instilled in each nostril.
  • Tulasi is mentioned as king of herbs owing to its adaptogenic properties (alike ginseng, Ashwagandha). Daily chewing of leaves helps in prevention of cancer.

Contraindications:

  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • If you are planning to conceive

Pregnancy and Breast feeding

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