TULASI : Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum - Labiatae
Tulsi is a well-known sacred plant of the Indian subcontinent.
Certain Indian scientists are at the threshold of finalizing their discovery of a reliable medicine against cancer out of Tulsi plant.
It helps to overcome the feelings of excessive heat (fever) and has a strong anti - cancerous property.
More research is being done in the use of Tulsi leaves, oil and extracts for a large number of medicinal uses and as an organic insecticide.
Part used : Leaves mainly, root, seeds
- Rasa (taste) : Pungent, Bitter
- Virya (action) : Heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : Pungent
- Guna (quality) : `Dry, Light
Doshas : VK-, P+
Dhatus (tissues) : Plasma, Blood,Nerve, Reproductive
Srotas (systems) : Respiratory, Digestive, Nervous
Expectorant, febrifuge, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, nervine, carminative, aromatic, alleviates fevers, benefits breathing and alleviates coughing, enkindles the digestive fire, specific affinity for the heart, alleviates skin disorders, alleviates dysuria.
Tulsi clears kapha and mucus from the lungs and upper respiratory tract.
It is also used in fevers and 'flu to encourage sweating and therefore bring the temperature down. Used in asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis and other respiratory allergies Tulsi specifically increases prana and the vital life-force. Its pungency and penetrating nature clears the dampness and toxic ama that can cause chest infections and fevers. Its prabhava or special power is to be used in all fevers regardless of their " cause ".
Helps to move Vata through the intestines and calms a fermentive digestive tract.
It moves apanavayu downwards. It also increases the appetite and is a good aromatic stimulant to the digestion.
Used as a mild nervine for hightening awareness and mental clarity.
A tea of the leaves is also used for tension headaches from high Vata and for congestion headaches from excess Kapha.
As its Latin name implies it is considered a very sacred plant. It is high in sattwa, the quality of lightness and spiritual clarity.
The tea is often combined with honey to aid its decongesting properties.
It is externally used as a poultice for fungal infections and boils.
The root and seed are also used- the root in fevers and the seeds as a demulcent.
In respiratory infections with high pitta without other cooling herbs.
1 - 10 g per day
How to use :
1 teaspoon empty stomach morning miwed with hot water or honey
Also possible in infusion several times