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Medicinal Plant Tulsi


Posted Date: 01-Apr-2010  Last Updated:   Category: Health    
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This article explains about the classification of Tulsi plant, medicinal value of Tulsi plant, benifits of Tulsi plant, preparation of Tulsi tea etc.



Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a miraculous medicinal plant. The Queen of Herbs" tulsi is used as a medicinal plant in India for about five thousand years. In Hindu religion it is considered as a holy plant and especially Hindu women worship Tulsi every day in the early morning.

In plant Kingdom Tulsi plant is classified as follows.
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Ocimum
Species:O.tenuiflorum
Botanical name:Ocimumtenuiflorum


Three Types of Tulsi:
Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum).

Health Benefits of Tulsi:
Tulsi leaves has great medicinal value, hence it is used in Ayurvedic medicines. Tulsi leaf juice can be used to treat the diseases like common cold, malaria, headaches, inflammation, and stomach ache and skin allergy.
The whole Tulsi plant is a rich source of Phyto chemicals which possess strong antioxidant, adaptogenic, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune resistance properties that enhance the general health and support the body to fight against disease causing germs (antigens).

Tulsi -Mosquito repellant:
Tulasi plant acts as a repellant against mosquitoes and insects. It is said that, during the construction of Victoria gardens in Bombay, the laborers became victims of malaria causing mosquito bites and suffered by malarial disease. To solve this problem some Hindu committee managers advised them to plant Tulsi plant in Victoria's garden. A fruitful remedy was obtained on following their suggestion. This proved that the holy plant Tulsi have the ability to control malaria spreading mosquitoes and other small insects.

Tulsi -Ayurvedic medicine:
The herb Tulsi is also used to treat respiratory disorders like bronchitis, influenza and asthma. Tulsi juice, honey and ginger combination is quite helpful for respiratory problems, getting rid of sore throat, cold and flu.
The leaves of Tulsi plant are highly beneficial for the diseases like malaria and dengue. The juice extracted from Tulsi leaves is used as a remedy to reduce fever and used in the preparation of Ayurvedic cough syrups. Tulsi is of great medicinal value, used to treat sore in the gums and throat by gargling of Tulsi boiled water twice a day can give good result.

Tulsi -Treat Kidney Stones:
Tulsi leaf extract is used to treat kidneys stones. The patients who suffered from renal kidney stones problem are advised to take the juice of Tulsi leaves with honey for about six consecutive months, this medicine have the capacity to bring out these stones via the urinary tract.

Tulsi – Improves Memory power:
The plant is widely used due to boost up Memory power. It is a tonic for central nervous system hence, helps in sharpening the memory, reduces stress and enhances stamina.

Tulsi- Adaptogen:
An adaptogen is a substance which helps the body adapt effectively to stress. Adaptogen has the ability to reduce the intensity of negative stress mainly caused due to stress and mental tension. For the common problems like emotional stress, disease, infection and pollution Tulsi is considered as most effective adaptogen agent.

Tulsi –Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are the substances which slow down the excess oxidation process and protect cells. The process of excess oxidation damage and destroys the body cells, this results disease acceleration. Tulsi plant is rich in antioxidants and is used to and protect against excess oxidation damage.

Tulsi- Immune modulator:
An immune modulator is nothing but an agent that improves stamina and immune resistance of the body to fight against disease causing antigens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, allergens etc.) and improves the health of an individual.

On seeing the great medicinal value of this Miracle Plant Tulsi, Why don't we practice to take this tulsi in our daily life?

Here is a simple and delicious method called Tulsi Tea.

Preparation of Tulsi tea:
Take fresh Tulsi basil leaves (tender leaves).
Boil one cup of water and add 10 fresh Tulsi basil leaves.
Close the cup with a lid and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes,
Add sugar for taste, you can also add honey instead of sugar.
If you don't like plain tea add little milk and enjoy the delicious taste of Tulsi tea.

''Plants are God's gift for the benefit of Humans, can make use it but don't destroying them"
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