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Home Remedies with Tulsi or Tulasi or Holy Basil

Updated on November 8, 2009
Tulsi planted close to living area inside the house - photo from
Tulsi planted close to living area inside the house - photo from

Tulsi in sanskrit means "incomparable one". It is an aromatic short shrub that is considered holy in Hindu religion. It belongs to the basil family. Tulsi has been revered in India for over five thousand years, as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit, and is known to bestow an amazing number of health benefits. A Hindu house hold has the Tulsi planted somewhere in the middle of the house (or close to living area), for the reason that breathing the air around Tulsi was considered to improve general health.

The holy basil has the following ingredients and benefits. The holy basil has got astounding health benefits.

Fact: Tulsi has one of the highest levels of adaptogen.
Benefit: An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress.

Tulsi plant
Tulsi plant

Fact: Tulsi is a rich anti-oxidant.
Benefit: It slow down the process of excess oxidation and protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. When cells are attacked by free radicals, excess oxidation occurs which damage and destroy cells. Antioxidants help reduce disease and general degradation of body and health.

Fact: It is an amino-modulator.
Benefit: An immuno-modulator is an agent that balances and improves the immune response of the body. Hindu's soak leaves of the Tulsi in water and drink it every day. It helps in improving bodies immunity.

Fact: Recent studies suggest that Tulsi may be a natural COX-2 inhibitor - an enzyme responsible for inflammation due to its high concentration of eugenol.
Benefit: Eugenol is a constituent found in pain killers. Holy basil is all natural without side effects.

Fact: It has Oleanolic acid.
Benefit: Oleanolic acid is said to have strong anti-HIV virus effects.

Fact: It has Ursolic acid.
Benefit: Ursolicc acid is said to have strong anti-cancer effects.

Fact: It has Carvacrol
Benefit: Carvacrol is said to a strong anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral and also has effects that numb pain receptors. This makes Tulsi a great medicine against common cold, cough and fever.

Home Remedies with Tulsi

For Cold Cough and Fever


Tulsi - 5-10 leaves

Step 1: Add Tulsi to hot water
Step 2: Leave for couple of minutes
Step 3: Drink 8-10 time a day.

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a medical practitioner.These are only general guidelines. It is always better to see a doctor depending upon the intensity of the case.


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      Hareesh 5 years ago

      It's a great thing!! I loved it.

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      BundleBoy 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      mb, Large Indian grocery stores sell tulsi plants. Try Cherian or Patel Brothers in Decatur area.

      Dabur is a reputable indian supplement brand.

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      mb 7 years ago

      where do you purchase the plant in Atlanta or what are reputable supplement brands?

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Fastfresta, Yes the Holy basil and Tulsi are the same. Tulsi is the common name in India for the holy basil. holy basil belongs to the same family of basil you get in US (in fresh produce section) but they are different species of same family.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I'm confused, you seem to using holy basil and tulsi interchangeably, are they one and the same? So is it the same as basil leaves that we get here in the states. Anyway I like this article too. Can't wait to read more.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      LondonGirl and RallenBrewster thank you for your comments! Coming up more home remedy hubs with natural products!

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      rallenbrewster 8 years ago from USA

      I'll be looking for this plant next herb run lol thank you for the information. I look forward to more.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      it's a great plant - as are all members of the basil family, I reckon.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Jocelyn thank you for your comments. They belong to the same family of plants,Ocimum tenuiflorum (Tulsi) and Ocimum basilicum (Thai basil). They seem to share a lot of common medicinal properties, see this hub by another hubber "Forever" -

      about the Thai Basil.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you Bala for your comments. There is scientific reason behind several of the things that our ancestors did, I will try and write more such hubs that showcase such cases.

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      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 8 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      Wow! a household plant in India, and most of us do not know much about it. Very useful info. Thank you!

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      Jocelyn 8 years ago

      Interesting series of home remedies articles you have here. I love thai food...and a lot of Thai food has basil in it. Is it the holy basil that they use.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      How true BundleBoy - I even treat our pets with them! Look forward to more!

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Shalini. It is a pity that traditional remedies like these are getting lost! I hope to write more hubs on such topics.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      It's such a wonderful herb - I use it so often. Great hub!


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