Herbal Remedy
Tulsi a Herbal Remedy

Tulsi or holy basil is worshiped by Hindus all over India. A tulsi plant in the courtyard is the hallmark of every Hindu household. Apart from its religious significance it has great medicinal significance and is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments.
By : Jaspreet Punian

 Fever and Common Cold :-
During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against these diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

 Cough :-
It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

 Sore Throat :-
Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as a drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

 Respiratory Disorder :-
A decoction of the 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. They should be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is left and then taken.

 Kidney Stone :-
Tulsi has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of tulsi leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.

 Heart Disorder :-
Tulsi has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

  Children's Ailments :-
Common pediatric problems like cough, cold, fever, diarrhea and vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves.

 Stress :-
Basil leaves are regarded as an anti-stress agent. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.

 Insect Bites :-
The herb is a preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves can be taken and repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.

 Skin Disorders :-
Applied locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also been tried successfully by some naturopaths in the treatment of leucoderma.

 Mouth Infections and Teeth Disorders :-
The leaves are quite effective for ulcers and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions. The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. This is very good for maintaining dental health and counteracting bad breath. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.

 Headaches :-
Tulsi makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

 Eye Disorders :-
Tulsi juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black basil juice can be put into the eyes daily at bedtime.

 Healing Power :-
The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. (conclusion) Tulsi is an immensely potent herb that is readily available and its use is ingrained in our culture, especially through religious tradition. (In box) Tulsi has been widely known for its health promoting and medicinal value for thousands of years. Commonly called sacred or holy basil, it is a principal herb of Ayurveda. (In box) Tulsi leaves can work wonders against indigestion, abnormal blood pressure, intestinal worms, gastroenteritis, cold cough, heart diseases and even some mental ailments. It can increase the pace of fresh blood formation.