Tulsi, the Holy Basil is a well known medicinal plant around the world. It has its name mentioned in the oldest book on medicine and medicinal plant, the Ayurveda.
In Indian traditional medical system, Tulsi has its own importance. Its also an auspicious and sacred plant for Hindus. In Hinduism, the Holy Basil is worshiped everyday as a Goddess. It is almost found in every house in India.
I think, the logic behind giving this plant such a special place in religion is linked to its therapeutic values. Our ancestors were very knowledgeable. They knew about the benefits of Tulsi so gave them an auspicious position in religion.
Holy Basil is not just a plant. It is far more than a herb or an under-shrub. It is a plant of immense therapeutic benefits. The modern research and studies have also prove the health benefits of this amazing plant.
Scientific evidences are available today that support the traditional medicinal uses of Tulsi for treating various diseases. Some of the scientifically proven properties of Tulsi are antimicrobial, insecticidal, adaptogenic, anti-diabetic, hepato-protective, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, cardio-protective, larvicidal etc.
Let’s know about some of its medicinal properties:
Tulsi for Treating Common Cold and Cough
The use of Holy Basil for treating common cold and cough is the most common home remedy used in India. In Ayurveda, this plant is known as Shwasaharni (anti-asthmatic) and Kaphaghna (anti-kaphic) drugs.
Tulsi For Gastrointestinal Problems
The aqueous decoction of Holy Basil leaves is used to treat problems related to digestive system such as gastric problems, dysentry, etc. Tulsi is also used to treat stomach ulcers.
Tusli For Treating Malaria
The larvicidal, insecticidal and anti-microbial properties of Tulsi makes it a potential agent for treating malaria. It is also used to get relief from malarial fever. It has been reported that Ayurvedic preparation containing Tulsi and other herbs is effective against Plasmodium species.
Tulsi For Treating Infection
Tulsi is a potent anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent. Tulsi essential oil is found to be effective against E.coli, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Bacillus subtilis, etc.
In another study it was found that essential oil extracted from leaves of Tulsi are effective against 3 bacterial species such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli.
Tulsi is also effective against dental caries and dental plaque. It is used to maintain oral hygiene.
The therapeutic values of Tulsi are tremendous and above mentioned properties are just a few of them. Please let me know if you want to know about any specific medicinal properties of Tulsi. Let’s explore this plant together.
Dr. Namrata Pandey