25 Uses of Tulsi | Benefits of Its Leaves, Roots & Seeds

Tulsi plant is an annual herb. It grows to a short height and lives for a span of one year.

It is worshiped as a holy plant and kept in many households and gardens.

Besides, it is also a part of alternative medicine. This holy Tulasi is also called as Basil.

The health benefits of the Tulsi herb are many. Some people consume its leaves on a regular basis to gain therapeutic benefits.

Its botanical name Ocimum sanctum and is one of the important medicinal plants.

The parts of tulsi generally used are leaves, flowers, seeds, stems and dried roots.

Below is the list of uses of tulsi plant based on different parts of the plant.  Still, the list is not exhaustive.

Medicinal uses of Tulsi leaves

♣ Decongestant action to relieve nasal stuffiness,

♣ As nerve tonic to soothe nerves and tension.

♣ Tulsi is an adaptogen, i.e., consumption of Tulsi is known to boost immunity and helps tolerate stress.

♣ Even as a memory sharpener,

Tulsi tea or decoction is used to prevent malaria, dengue fever. Also used for common cold.

♣ In acute fevers, the temperature is lowered by administration of decoction of leaves.

♣ Aqueous extract, i.e., tulsi leaf juice is used as a gargle to treat a sore throat.

♣ It is also believed that the aqueous extract of leaves taken with honey for six months expels kidney stones.

♣ It lowers cholesterol and hence it is cardioprotective.

Uses of Basil

♣ In respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, cold, influenza are treated with leaf extract. See Bresol syrup.

♣ Leaves, when chewed, relieve mouth ulcers and infections.

♣ Leaf extract is sufficient to treat skin disorders like ringworm etc.

♣ Dried leaf powder is used for brushing the teeth. In the preparation of toothpaste for dental health.

♣ Extract of black tulsi leaves is used to treat sore eyes and night-blindness.

♣ Stomachic to promote hunger or appetite.

♣ As an expectorant to help remove phlegm from bronchi and also to treat bronchitis

♣ In relieving coughs due to any irritants.

♣ For relief from diarrhea

♣ In the case of an epidemic, as prophylaxis (to prevent) against influenza, cholera, and malaria

 Uses of Tulsi seeds:

 The solution of tulsi plant seeds with milk or water is a

♠ Good anti-oxidant,

♠ Mucilaginous,

Uses of basil-Tea

♠ Demulcent

♣ It also possesses anti-ulcer, antiemetic, anti-diarrheal properties.

Uses of Tulsi root:

Dried tulsi root powder mixed with milk or ghee etc. is good

a)  For malaria fever

b) To relieve insect pain and sting bites.

c) Fresh roots are made into a paste and applied to areas where leeches or insects bite.

Uses of tulsi stem:

This is a bit funny application but widely believed.

When one applies the powder of dried tulsi stem on the forehead as a tilak. It helps to gain the attention of listeners to you during a speech.

In general, it is consumed in daily life as tulsi green tea, seeds as a condiment in foods, tulsi leaves after prayer as holiness.

Tulsi tablets and capsules:

Aerial plant extract of tulsi is used for respiratory disorders.

  1. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder),
  2. Asthma
  3. Bronchitis and seasonal cold.

It helps to dilate the respiratory tract, mobilize the mucous secretions, minimize allergy and cough. Thus it helps to relieve chest congestion, facilitate better breath and recover from respiratory disease.

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11 thoughts on “25 Uses of Tulsi | Benefits of Its Leaves, Roots & Seeds”

  1. i like Basil so much because of its medicinal power, smell and i used to drink basil tea twice a day since a decade. besides this i use a cup of fresh basil leaves juice daily morning before breakfast. really its works very good. at the age of 50 i look like 30 and never been visit a doctor since a decade.

  2. I originally started basil treatments for the reason of blocking cortisol to reduce belly fat. IT WORKED. Since then i have either drank it in tea infusions, or ground it and taking it in capsule form. I suffer from severe panic disorder as well as liver issues, and low T. All i can say is this plant was put here for so many reasons. Since taking it regularly ALL of the issues i listed have improved…a lot! I now grow my own as well as sell it. It smells and tastes great. If you are looking for a fresh reasonably priced source let me know. Bryan.

  3. I was recommended basil stem to help with bleeding from
    my pierced ears. I had never heard of it, but now want to
    get some.
    I found article very interesting, love learning about other
    cultures, so why would it be in Hindi? As mentioned
    translations can be received easily, but this is an English
    speaking site, to cater for majority I guess.

  4. the article is good but the spelling of some words are wrong like diarrhea,but correct spell is diarrhea.otherwise what a fantastic article and a good presentation as well as orientation.It is very useful for my project work.JUST IMPROVE SPELLING MISTAKES.

  5. Thanks for this, informative article.. Its really helpful in our daily routine actually if apply it. Holy basil produce actual electromagnetic waves which maintains environments in peace.

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