Indian Holy Herb Tulsi and Its Medicinal Value
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Indian Holy Herb Tulsi and Its Medicinal Value

Tulsi is a herb of Indian origin .it has got immense value as medicinal herb as well as mythological and religious imagery. This imagery speaks highly of collective unconscious mind of human race----

Tulsi is an Indian aromatic plant belonging to the plant familyLamiaceae Tulsi is grown in every house hold in India., It is said that it spread to Western Europe in 16th century from India. It is considered holy and sacred herb by Indian people. Early in the morning it is worshiped like a devta in a temple. The devotees have profound faith in the curability and magical powers of this tiny herbal plant. Its botanical name is ocinum sanctum. It is an erect, much branched sub shrub 30–60 cm tall with hairy stems and simple opposite green leaves that are strongly scented. Leaves have petioles The Indian herbal system ayurveda has used tulsi from thousand years back for its diverse healing properties. We find mention of this sacred plant in ancient Indian books on medicine like Charka Samhita .Charka Samhita is a old Indian text belonging to ayurveda tradition

Mythology &folklore

How much significance the Indian people or Hindus in general, attach to this holy plant? That can be gauged from the simple fact that Tulsi is a Sanskrit word and its meaning in Sanskrit language is “incomparable one”. Tulsi is undoubtedly unmatched plant and can not be compared to any other plant. Hardly there is any plant in Indian culture and society that is so widely worshipped. Tulsi is almost worshipped throughout India from Kashmir to Kenya kumari and from Assam to Punjab

The fine network of mythology and folk lore knit around Tulsi speaks highly of its significance in Indian mind. Many Indian folklore stories regard it as a consort of Krishna in the form of Lakshmi so tulsi is actually Lakshmi of lord Krishna, such is the religious flavor attached to this sacred plant. According to one another mythological story texed in Brahma Vaivarta Purana tulsi is an expression of Sita. Many myths are prevalent in the minds of Indian folks about this holiest of the holy plant. Water mixed width tulsi juice is given to the dying soul so that the departing soul may find its place in heaven. It has not to wander about in the dark or nark (Hell) Vaishnavas—another sect religious faith of India use japa malas made from tulsi stems or roots, in their necks. The collective unconscious ness of mankind pertaining to this herb speaks highly of its ancient medicinal value in imagery engrossed in religiosity.

Medicinal value

As Adoptogen

An adaptogen is an agent that helps the body adapt more efficiently to stress and strain. Adaptive is a plant product of plant derivative. It is scientifically unproved, yet marketed as a supplement to strengthen our immune system. It is said that tulsi is great registrant to stress, fatigue, trauma, anxiety, and tension. The Indian herbalists mainly use this term to rejuvenating herbs. Some Indian herbalist treat this herb as great adaptogen and homoeostatic It is the strong belief of Indian herbalists about this plant that it keep the natural balance of the body’s metabolic processes called homoeostasis. It is rich source of Polysaccharides also.

Glycoside bonds of poly saccharine are said to be its unifying force.

Together with religious, mythological significance of this herbal plant, this herbal plant possesses medicinal value of immense importance. Its medicinal value is unfolding during the researches made on this holy plant. This herb has become the favorite of the herbalists, botanists and pharmaceutical companies. As far as its medicinal properties are concerned its nature is very complex and varying. It contains around about more than one hundred chemical compounds called photo-chemicals. These compounds possess strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune-enhancing properties these compounds support the general health and strengthen the immune system. The leaves of Tulsi contain essential oils which impart strong smelling properties to the leaves. The sweet fragrance and refreshing flavor of tulsi is due to these photo-chemicals contained in leaves. This Indian herb is promising to be a great health tonic and health enhancer in future.

Domestic uses

• Indian women use its leaves as tea in their houses and the tea prepared from its leaves is very tasty and said to be anti infection. They consider its leaves as great anti infective agent.

• It is also used as anti malarial agent. People grow this plant in their pots to keep away the mosquitoes away from their house. Its leaves are said to be prophylactic against malaria so Indian people chew the leaves of this herb in their mouth routinely.

• It is also used against common flu and cold. People drink tea prepared from its leaves or along with other tea leaves to fight flue infection.

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Comments (8)

Dr Mann has rightly highlighted the medicinal virtues of this holy plant . No doubt in that.

Very well presented and articulated article. Keep it up.

good stuff. this is some useful info.

Awesome work Sir..... Thanks for writing on this topic... Tulsi is a very important part of every Indian household... I see my mom worship and take care of the Tulsi plant every morning.... Wonderful article.... Voted up

Superb article :).

Thanks you for sharing this excellent info.

I eat tulsi leaves when I get a cough. It is better than most cough syrups.

Seems like it has excellent health benefits!