Tulsi plant is an annual herb which grows to a short height and lives for very small span of one year. It has no big stems but many small bushy branches.
Tulasi is worshiped in India as holy basil and treated with great respect by Hindus. It is a herb present in many house hold gardens & is part of alternative medicine. The health benefits of tulsi herb are many and some people consume its leaves regularly to gain benefits from its therapeutic potential.
Scientifically it is called as Ocimum sanctum and is an important medicinal plants in india.
The parts of tulsi generally used are its leaves, flowers, seeds, stems, its dried root. Below is the list of uses of different parts of tulsi plant. They are collected from both modern therapeutic books and also some traditional books. Still the list is not exhaustive.
Uses of Tulsi plant with individual parts
Medicinal uses of Tulsi leaves are
♣ Decongestant action to relieve nasal stuffiness,
♣ As nerve tonic to sooth nerves and tension.
♣ Tulsi is an adaptogen i.e. consumption of tulsi is known to boost immunity and helps tolerate stress.
♣ Even as a memory sharpener,
Tulsi tea or decoction is used to prevent malaria, dengue fever. Also used for common cold.
♣ In acute fevers, the temperature is lowered by administration of decoction of leaves.
♣ Aqueous extract i.e tulsi juice is used as gargle to treat sore throat.
♣ It is also believed that the aqueous extract of leaves taken with honey for 6 months expels kidney stones.
♣ It lowers cholesterol and hence it is cardio protective.
♣ In respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, cold, influenza are treated with leaf extract.
♣ Leaves when chewed relieve mouth ulcers and infections.
♣ Leaf extract is effective to treat skin disorders like ring worm etc.
♣ Dried leaf powder is used for brushing the teeth. In the preparation of tooth paste for dental health.
♣ Extract of black tulsi leaves is used to treat sore eyes and night blindness.
♣ Stomachic to promote hunger or appetite.
♣ As an expectorant to help remove phlegm from bronchi and also to treat bronchitis
♣ In relieving coughs due to any irritants.
♣ For relief from diarrhea
♣ In case of epidemic, as prophylaxis (to prevent) against influenza, cholera and malaria
Uses of Tulsi seeds: The solution of Tulsi plant seeds with milk or water is a
♠ Good anti-oxidant,
♣ It also possesses anti-ulcer, antiemetic, anti-diarrheal properties.
Uses of Tulsi root: Dried Tulsi root powder mixed with milk or ghee etc is good
a) For malaria fever
b) To relive insect pain and sting bites.
c) Fresh roots are made into paste and applied to areas where leeches or insects bite.
Uses of Tulsi stem: This is a bit funny application but widely believed among some parts of India.
When one applies the powder of dried tulsi stem on the forehead as a tilak. It helps to gain attention of listeners to you during speech.
In general tulasi is consumed in daily life as tulsi tea, tulsi seeds as condiment in foods, tulsi leaves after prayer as holiness.