Tulsi or Holy Basil  {Ocimum Sanctum}

Holy Basil is called Tulsi in Ayurveda and it balances both kapha and vata doshas.

Ayurvedic Characteristics and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Decreases Kapha and Vata; the seeds decrease Pitta
  2. Taste  – Pungent, bitter
  3. Energetics – Heating (the seeds are cooling)
  4. Main Action – Antibacterial, nervine, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, blood purifying
  5. Other Uses –Used in cough, cold, and Kapha-predominant respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma),; Dysuria (urinary burning), Antibacterial, Antitussive, Carminative (Reduces Gas & Bloating), Demulcent, Diuretic, Emetic (Induces Vomiting), Expectorant, Febrifuge, Laxative, Parturient (Eases Childbirth),


Modern Research

  1. Cancer, Cholesterol problems, Conjunctivitis, Diabetes type 2, Gout, Heart disorders, Ulcers, Wounds, Acne