Tulsi Sacred & Medicinal Herb
Written by Dr. Parveen Kumar   

Considered as lord Krishna’s wife, it has a mythological background and therefore is the most worshipped plant in Hindu culture. It is a strong belief that those who implant Tulsi in there houses never get sick, as it is very lovable to lord Krishna and lord Krishna has blessed this herb with this property. Tulsi contains such a chemical composition that no mosquitoes and flies can come near the plant because of it s peculiar odor. This herb is found everywhere in India. Plant height varies from 2 - 4 ft. It flowers in winter season i.e. from December to February
Ayurvedic energetics : Tulsi is bitter and pungent in taste & hot in potency. It has light and dry properties with vata and kapha pacifying properties.

Varieties of Tulsi are Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) & Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) Tulsi finds great importance in respiratory tract disease. It gives marvelous results in upper respiratory tract infection. It acts rigorously on kapha hence it works as good expectorant relieving from wet cough. It is also very useful in bronchitis, asthmatic conditions and allergic conditions. Tulsi acts as antibacterial and antiparasitic and is thus widely used in infectious diseases. It acts on nervous, relieves stress and is also helpful in relieving pain, as it is vata suppressant. It is a good appetizer and promotes digestion by helping in secretion of digestive enzymes. It is also heipful in preventing any infection that might invade our digestive system. It also helps to eliminate any toxins that might be circulating in the blood. Tulsi finds great use in fever as it act as antipyretic, pain reliever, and provides strength to our body.



1. Healing Power: Tulsi leaves promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
2. Fever & Common Cold: Tulsi leaves are used for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever.
3. Sore Throat: Leaves boiled in water or as a herbal tea can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used for gargles.
4. Respiratory Disorder: A decoction of Tulsi leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu. It checks infections of the respiratory tract.
5. Heart Disorder: It reduces the level of blood cholesterol, which prevents various ischaemic heart diseases like angina pectoris and myocardial infections.
6. Stress: Tulsi leaves are 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves provide significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can use Tulsi to prevent stress.
7. Mouth Infections: The decoction of the leaves as a mouth wash is quit effective for the ulcers and infections of the mouth. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.
8. Insect Bites: The herb is a preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. Fresh juice should be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh leaves and roots is also effective in case of bites of insects.
9. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, juice of the leaves is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It is also useful in the treatment of leucoderma.


Lecturer, Dept. of Panchkarma,
Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
Jalandhar-144008 (Pb.)
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