Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Habitat and cultivation: Found throughout India ascending upto 1,800 m. in the Himalayas, and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Tulsi can grow in a wide variety of climates including tropical and subtropical. long days with full sun is best for its growth and good oil content, however, it will also do well in partial shade but will have lower oil content. Humidity will result in a better yeild.
Parts used: Arial parts. Sends are used in india for male beads.
Actions: Antiviral, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Anticancer, Antimutagenic, Will reduce or prevent radiation damage, Antispasmodic (relieves spasms), Antioxidant (removes free radicals from the body), Adaptogen (nourishing to the nervous system), Liver protection, Reduce or prevent ulcers, Blood cleansing inside and out, Bites and stings, Good for the Reproductive System, Colds, coughs, sinus congestion, Reduce or prevent headaches, Clarity of the mind, Increase energy after illness, Increase sexual stamina, Prevent epidemic disease with regular use
Specific indications: Fever & common cold : Traditionally, in cases of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk was used to bring down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can also be used to bring down fever. Tulsi tincture in water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In children, it is every effective in bringing down the temperature. Coughs : Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves or taking as an infusion can help relieve a sore throat (can also be used as a gargle), nausea, and a productive cough. Respiratory Disorders: Tulsi is useful for the respiratory system. 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 sea salt also gives immediate relief for the flu. Kidney stones: Has strengthening effect on the kidney. If taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract. Cardiovascular: Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol. Stress: As an adaptogen, recent studies have shown that tulsi can provide significant protection against stress. Insect Bites: Tulsi is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is 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. Eye Disorders: Basil juice, tea, and/or tincture is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Traditionally, two drops of black basil juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime.
System affinity: Nervous, respiratory, liver, digestion, immune
Energetics: Warming, Dry
Contraindications: Tulsi might slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using holy basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Use caution if taking Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet drugs.
Preparation and dosage: Tincture- 20-30 drops 2-3x/day. Tea- 1 tbsp per 1 c h20 2-3x/day
Magick: Tulsi’s Sacred-Status in India puts her at the top, next to the Lotus, Clears the Aura through Divine Force, Opens the heart and mind for love and devotion, promotes sensory acuity, Tulsi stems worn as rosaries and promote the energy of attachment, Tulsi contains a natural form of mercury, which is believed to be the seed power of Shiva and helps you to become enlightened, absorbs positive ions, energizes negative ions, and liberates ozone from the sun’s rays