Iahas-Tulsi-Holy Basil

Tulsi (Holy Basil)


Tulsi Scientific Name

Ocimum sanctum

Tulsi Other Names

English: Holy Basil
Sanskrit: Tulasi
Hindi: Tulsi

What is Tulsi?

Tulsi, aka Indian basil or the holy basil, is called the Queen of Herbs, in Ayurveda. Originally from India, it is now grown in Australia, West Africa, and some Middle Eastern countries. The leaves, stems, and seeds are used to make Ayurvedic medicine. It is a natural adaptogen that has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties and helps in fighting stress and related disorders.
Inherent chemicals in holy basil are thought to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and in some cases helps in lowering blood sugar levels in Diabetics. In certain studies, the anti-oxidant properties of Tulsi have found to have an anti-carcinogenic effect on the body.

Common forms of Tulsi

Tablets, Liquid Extract, Capsules, Tea, Powder

Tulsi is commonly used for:

Tulsi Dosage

A dose of 10 grams of holy basil/tulsi leaf aqueous extract can be given 1 to 4 times per day in equal doses. As a tincture solution, the average dose is 30 drops per day in three equal doses. Tulsi whole-plant aqueous extract of 6 to 14 grams is an average daily dose.

Tulsi Side-effects and Warnings

Common side effects: Not known.
Not so common side effects: Holy basil is possibly safe when used for up to 8 weeks. Taking high doses of holy basil might cause nausea or diarrhea.
Pregnant or Nursing mothers: Avoid concentrated doses to be on the safe side.
Children: Not known.

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