The name 'Tulsi'
connotes "the incomparable one. The 'Tulsi' plant or Indian Basil is an
important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition. Tulsi is a venerated
plant and Hindus worship it in the morning and evening.
uses of holy basil are legion, and it is often taken in combination with
other herbs. The fragrant leaves and flowers, in the form of tincture, tea
or decoction are considered to be stomachic and expectorant, used in
treating coughs, bronchitis, and skin problems. The Tulsi seeds, taken
mixed in water, juice or cow's milk, are antioxidant, nourishing,
mucilaginous and demulcent. They are used in treating low energy, ulcers,
and as an overall tonic. Holy basil leaves are a natural source of many
important antioxidant compounds that provide a wide variety of health
benefits. Holy basil contain most notably, eugenol, caryophyllene, and
triterpenoic acids, such as ursolic and oleanolic acid. Eugenol and
caryophyllene are aromatic compounds, so named because of their pleasing
fragrance or "aroma''. These compounds, which are present in many plants,
are frequently utilized in essential oils because their fragrant scent is
believed to elevate both mood and spirit.
sanctum alcoholic leaf extract shows significant hepatoprotective
activity. 4The antioxidant property of holy basil (Ocimum
sanctum Linn.) plant parts (leaves, stems, and inflorescence) was found in
different studies. 5Constituents of Ocimium sanctum has showed
anti-stress activity. It is also cardiotonic, brings purity to mind and
establish healthy relation between mind, body and consciousness.