According to Hindu mythology Tulsi (Holy Basil) is a sacred plant and a seat of Lord Krishna. They worship it as an incarnation of God head. Name of this herb is found in different ancient Hindu religious and therapeutic texts like Samhita and Puran. It’s an essentially versatile herb in Ayurveda. Tulsi has many therapeutic uses. Benefits of Tulsi is virtually countless. In Ayurveda, Tulsi is primarily used as a blood purifier and bactericidal. However there is numerous application of this herb found in various Ayurvedic texts.
Botanical name of Tulsi is Ocimum sanctum. A variety of tulsi used in South European cuisine known as Basil, its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum. Camphor oil is extracted from a variety of Basil popular in China. Primarily there are two types of Tulsi we found in nature, respectively green and black Tulsi. According to Ayurveda there are four types of tulsi, commonly found are almost equally beneficial.
For medicinal purpose its leaf, seeds root and stem are used. In view of Ayurveda the upper most part(flowers) of this plant is more beneficial than other parts. Seeds inside flower are used to sustain vigor and vitality. These are some benefits of tulsi.
Basil in Cough and Cold
Specially for children those who have a tendency to catch cough and cold frequently should take six to eight drop of tulsi leaf juice mixed with four drops of pure honey. This plant is rich source of anti oxidants. Extract of this plant are commercially sold to boost immunity. This is one of the significant benefits of tulsi.
Mix one teaspoon of Basil leaf juice with half teaspoon full of ginger juice in five hours interval for two days to get relief from mild cold with mild fever.
To Increase Vitality
Basil root is a remarkable herbal remedy to increase vitality and vigor. In this case take half inch of Basil root, blackish Basil (Krishna Tulsi) is a great choice over other variety of Basil. If you can manage some betel left, chew that root with a betel leaf after having your meal. Certainly you will feel more energetic after a week.
Stay Fit and Fine
Now I am going to tell you about a really old school recipe. Tantriks and monks store dried Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves and make a tea like infusion with it to stay fit and energetic. As we know the Holy Basil is full of anti oxidant, it can boost immunity. This is one of the less known benefits of tulsi, popular in tantric tradition.
A Liver Tonic
Take few tulsi leaves and half inch of turmeric root, add a spoonful of sugar and chew well. This works as an excellent liver tonic. Some say this can control diabetes.
An Excellent Nasal Drop
If your nose is blocked with cough, put few drops of Basil leaf juice inside nose. This will give toy relief from blocage.
Tropical Application of Tulsi
Mix durba(a variety of grass, an integral part of Hindu rituals) with few Tulsi leaves. Smash both or grind and apply on inflammation of the skin.
Burning Sensation when Urinating
In this case use Basil seed(krishna tulsi, recommended). Crush some tulsi seed and mix it with a glass of water (room temperature) and drink once in a day. This will give you relief from burning sensation when urinating.
Insect Bite or Sting
Press some Tulsi leaf with your thumb and apply it on affected area. This will give you relief from burning sensation of insect bite.
Holy Basil (sacred Tulsi) is extremely easy to grow at home in a pot. It doesn’t require much soil nutrient. Average height of this plant is three feet. It turns little bushy when matured. There is a myth that it can make surrounding bacteria free. It’s considered to be most sacred plant Hindu religious practice.