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Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) - Health Benefits, Medicinal Properties, Uses, Dosage

holy basil natural herbs

Botanical Name: Ocimum Sanctum

Indian Name: Tulsi

Origin, Distribution and Composition

Holy basil is a many branched, erect, stout and aromatic herb. It grows upto the height of about 75 cms and is hairy all over. The plant has tender, egg-shaped leaves, usually smooth, upto 2.5 cm in length, small, purplish or reddish flowers in small compact clusters on slender spikes, small fruits and yellowish or reddish seeds. The herb is bitter and pungent.

It is grown in flower pots in most Hindu homes. Its leaves are used in the worship of gods and goddesses and partaken as prasad. Tulsi Capsules, Holy Basil, Holy Basil Products, Holy Basil Medicinal UsesTulsi Capsules

Purely 100% vegetarian,herbal, Effective for chronic infections, acute sore throat. Other medicinal values of Tulsi are uses in Diabetes and even Cancer.

It is infact one of the most powerful remedies for Diabetes and low immunity conditions.

Tulsi Capsules


We are one of the best quality suppliers and manufacturers of and Tulsi based products. Tulsi is a small herb, popularly known as Holy basil in west. It is in fact have very religious importance for Hindu community in India. Hindu's worship Tulsi for many reasons. It can heal diseases like Diabetes, Cancers as well.

It is most popular as a decoction or tea useful for acute sore throat or cough. The sinusitis or throat inflammation , fever goes away within a day or two.

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We are using Tulsi extract, which is conentrated form of the raw herb. Instead of using 10 kilogram of raw herb powder, we have to use only 1 kilogram of extract and that makes it very very effective.This is why products made with herbal extracts are effective than made by herbal powders.

This herb has been known from as early as the vedic period. Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of goddess Vrindavani who is dear to Lord Vishnu.

The holy basil is native to India. It reached Western Europe only in the 16th century. It has now been widely grown throughout the world.

The leaves of holy basil yield an essential oil which contains eugenol, carvacrol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. It has the property of destroying bacteria and insects. The leaves have also been separated to yield ursolic acid, apigenin, luteolin, apigenin-7, glucuronid, orientin and mo\ludistin.

Healing Power and Curative Properties

The plant has medicinal properties. The leaves are nerve tonic and sharpen memory. They promote the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seeds of the plant are mucilaginous ~>r starchy and nourishing. They have a soothing effect on the skin and the mucous membranes. They also increase the volume of urine.


The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as a preventive against these diseases. I n case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a litre of water, and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.

Sore Throat

Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as a drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

Respiratory disorders

The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorders. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, doves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. They should be boiled in half a litre of water till only half the water is left and then taken.

Kidney Stones

Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stones, the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for six months, will expel them via the urinary tract.

Heart Disorders

Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

Children's Ailments Common paediatric problems like cough, cold, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting respond favourably to the juice of basil leaves If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.


Basil leaves are regarded as an adaptogen or anti-stress agent Recent studies have shown that the leaves' afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common ailments.

Mouth Infections

The leaves are quite effective for the ulcers and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these condtions.

Insect Bites

The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoon of the juice of the leaves is taken and repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of the fresh roots is also effective in cases of bites of insects and leeches.

Skin Disorders

Applied locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also bl':en tried successfully by some naturopaths in the treatment of leucoderma.

Eye Disorders

Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black basil juice should be put into the eyes daily at bedtime.

Teeth Disorders

The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with musturd oil to make a paste and used as tooth paste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhoea and other teeth disorders.


Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache and for providing coolness in general.

Other Diseases

A decoction of the leaves can be given with beneficial results in gout and gonorrhoea. This decoction is also useful in neuralgia. The juice of the leaves is a well-known remedy for earache and dullness of hearing. A few drops of the juice can be put in the ear for the treatment of these conditions. The powder of the leaves is used as snuff for expelling maggots from the nose.

The seeds of the plant are useful in diarrhoea, chronic dysentery, habitual constipation, gonorrhoea, internal piles, cough, kidney disorders and fever. The mucilaginous jelly, formed by infusing 4 to 12 grams of the seeds in cold water for sometime, can be taken with sugar to treat these diseases. The cold infusion. can also be taken for relieving pain after childbirth. A poultice of the seeds are beneficial for sores and sinuses.