Tulsi is a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda. It has got fame by the name Holy Basil as it is a sacred plant in India. Tulsi is rightly called the “Queen of herbs”. Its latin name is Ocimum sanctum. It is native ts India and Southeast Asia.
Tulsi is considered as adaptogenic herb, means it can help adapt the body to stress and boost energy. It works synergistically with other Ayurvedic adaptogenic herbs such as Turmeric and Ashwagandha.
Tulsi leaves are rich in vitamin A, C and K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium.
Three main types of Tulsi | Holy Basil are seen growing in India –
• Ram Tulsi – Having bright green leaves.
• Krishna Tulsi – Purplish green leaves.
• Vana Tulsi – common wild type.
Useful compounds –
Tulsi contains a number of beneficial compounds including –
A terpene with pain-relieving properties.
• Ursolic and rosmarinic acid
Compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
A flavonoid that helps the body removes waste at the cellular level.
An antioxidant carotenoid important for eye health.
• Ocimumosides A and B
Compounds that reduce stress and balance the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Medicinal Properties –
• Cardio protective
• Anti aging
• Relieves fever like dengue, malaria etc.
• Relieves headaches
• Fights acne
• Relieves cough and respiratory problems
• Protects against heart disorder
• Protects against diabetes
• Treats stomach problems
• Stress Reliever
• Supports Eye health
• Dental care
• Protects the liver
• Used as a mosquito repellent at your doostep
• Enhances endocrine function, increases physical performance
• Protects against radiation and chemotherapy induced damage
Available forms –
Tulsi is available in capsules, tinctures, powders and as an herbal tea.
Therapeutic Dosage –
• Standardized extract- 200- 500 mg daily
• Fluid extract – 3 to 5 ml daily
• Tea – 2 to 4 cups daily
Side effects –
• Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant should not take it as it may affect reproductive capacity, possibly due to its ursolic said content.
• Tulsi may lower bloods sugar and should be used with caution in people who have diabetes and are on blood sugar lowering medication.
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