The plant Tulsi or Holy Basil (Botanical name Ocimum Sanctum) belongs to family Lamiaceae. It is a tropical plant which grows as weed and also cultivated.
Tulsi has the greater capacity to absorb and emit special frequencies present in the universe.
In last few decades several Indian scientists and researchers have studied the pharmacological effects of steam distilled, petroleum ether and benzene extracts of various parts of Tulsi plant and have effect on immune system, reproductive system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, gastric system, urinary system and blood biochemistry and has described the therapeutic significance of Tulsi in management of various ailments.
In traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine, several medicinal properties have been attributed to this plant.
Antimicrobial effects – Essential oil of Tulsi have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It inhibits the growth of E coli, B.anthracis, M.tuberculosis etc. It’s antitubercular activity is one-tenth the potency of streptomycin and one-fourth that of ionized.
Preparations containing Tulsi extract significantly shorten the course of illness, clinical symptoms and the biochemical parameters in patients with viral hepatitis and viral encephalitis.
Cures skin disorders:
Tulsi helps in many skin disorders. It is effective in skin rashes, insect bites and itching. Leaves of this plant are effectively used in ring worm infections and lucoderma.
Paste and Juice of Tulsi leaves help to reduce acne, pimples and scars.
Tulsi acts as a cardiac tonic and purifies blood.
Apart from these researches have shown that tulsi is very effective in reducing blood sugar and blood cholesterol
Antimalarial effects :
Essential oil of Tulsi has been reported to possess 100% larvicidal activity against the Culex mosquitoes. Trials have shown excellent antimalarial activity of Tulsi. It’s extracts have marked insecticidal activity against mosquitoes. It’s repellent action lasts for about two hours
Antiallergic and Immunomodulator effects :
Essential oil of Tulsi was found to have anti-allergic properties. When administered to laboratory animals, the compound was found to inhibit mast cell degranulation and histamine release in the presence of allergen. These studies reveal the potential role of Ocimum sanctum extracts in the management of immunological disorders including allergies and asthma.
Extracts from the plant have been found to reduce stress.
Consuming 10 – 12 leaves of Tulsi per day helps to reduce stress.
Anti diabetic effect:
A randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over single blind trial on 40 human volunteers suffering from Type II diabetes was performed. During the four week trial, subjects alternately received a daily dose of 2.5 g of Tulsi leaves powder or a placebo for two week periods. The results showed 17.6 % reduction in fasting blood glucose and 7.3% decline in postprandial blood glucose on treatment with Tulsi as compared to the blood glucose levels during treatment with placebo
For Heart ailments:
As ‘Tulsi’ (basil) has a positive effect over blood pressure and also a de-toxicant, its regular use prevents heart attacks. A tonic may be prepared by mixing 1 gm of dry ‘Tulsi’ leaves with a spoonful of butter and some candy sugar or honey. Take twice a day; first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night. The drinking of Tulsi-leaf tea keeps the blood pressure even