Common name: Tulsi, holy basil
Part used: Aerial parts
Habitat and Description: Tulsi is an aromatic herbaceous plant growing to 30-60cm with a square cross-section stem with small hairs and aromatic opposite ovate, slightly toothed leaves which are purple or green in colour. Tulsi is native to the Indian subcontinent but is cultivated globally.
Folklore and History: Holy basil is indeed related to basil and has been used in religious Hindu practices and more widely to aid meditation for thousands of years.
Constituents: Oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol, carvacrol, linalool, β-caryophyllene (about 8%), volatile oil containing eugenol (~70%) β-elemene (~11.0%), β-caryophyllene (~8%) and germacrene (~2%), terpenes, phenolic acids, flavonoids, saponins.
Actions: Spasmolytic, relaxing nervine, anxiolytic, adaptogenic, hypoglycaemic, carminative, insect repellant, to encourage meditation and a peaceful mind, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, mild expectorant, antiasthmatic, antiemetic, diaphoretic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, mild laxative, mild digestive, vasodilator, hypolipidaemic
Traditional and current uses:
- A long history of accompanying spiritual practices, meditation and mindfulness
- Stress, anxiety, restlessness, high blood pressure
- Lack of focus, brain fog
- Digestive upset and nervous tension manifesting in the gut
- Spikes in blood sugar, as an adjunct to type 2 diabetes treatment
- As a soothing, focusing afternoon tea
- Eye inflammations (topical use using cooled tea on the eyelid and surrounding areas of the eye)
- Colds, coughs
- Certain skin conditions
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