TULASI (Ocimum basilicum linn.) - It is remedy for mild nerves historical disorders, useful in diseases of brain and heart, asthma, inflammations, conic joint pains, and enlarged spleen; emmenagogue, diuretic.

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Botanical name                       : Ocimum basilicum linn.

Common name                       : Babul tulsi, ban tulsi (Hindi)
                                                           Sabja (Bengali, Marati)
                                                           Sabza (Hindi, Urdu, Gujrati)
                                                           Al Rahian (Arabic)
                                                           Basilic (Fr.), Basilica (Lat.)
                                                           Shahasparam, Nazbo,raihan (Pers.)
                                                           Rehan-Suleman, Hook, Shahasfaram
                                                           Rehan, Habaq (Arab.), Basilien (Ger.)
                                                           Munjariki, Visva-tulasi (Sans.)
                                                           Tukmaria (Mar.), Tirunitrupachai (Tam.)
                                                           Rudrajida (Tel.), Niazbu (Kash.)
                                                           Tirunitnu (Mal.)
                                                           Albahaca (sp.)

System affected                     : Gastro-intestinal, Urino-genital System
Specific Action                      : Carminative, uretic, emmenagogue, demulcent


This is an also corn with (its) leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet smelling plant. This Aromatic herb has been known since antiquity and is mentioned in Hebrew and Indian literature. In Europe it was superstitions concerning this plant are of Byzatine origin. It is considered as a sacred plant by Hindus and is planted in the courtyards of houses and temples.


An erect, branching herb, about one metre in height; more or less pubescent. Stems and branches green or sometimes purplish. Leaves 2.5 to 5 cm long. 

Medical Properties:

Plant has bitter, hot, sharp taste; useful in diseases of brain and heart, asthma, inflammations, conic joint pains, and enlarged spleen; emmenagogue, diuretic.

Juice: The juice of the leaves when snuffed causes sneezing and clears the brain. It is a remedy for mild nerves or historical disorders. It also helps in stomach ache and skin diseases. Good for toothache, headache, earache, gives luster to eyes; when mixed with camphor it stops nasal haemorrhage.

Seeds: The mucilaginous seeds are highly astringent and prescribed in fluxes from the bowel. It is recommended in the treatment of gonorrhoea, When seeds are added to syrup it becomes mucilaginous within minutes which is effective against cardiac debility and palpitation. The seeds are also useful in urinary disordereds.

Leaves: Decoction is given in gastric and hepatic disorders and is also useful in catarrh and bronchitis. It is also useful in cough, act as diuretic and emmenagogue and tonic for stomach. Leaves are made into paste and applied over inflammations.

Root: The roots of Rehan (Tulasi) are used as balm. Decoction of root is considered useful in malaria fever and antiperiodic. 

In Europe, Sweet Basil is used as a pot herb for seasoning certain kinds of food.  


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