Tulsi is an aromatic small shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae. Tulsi is said to have originated in north-central India and now grows native throughout the eastern world tropics. It is an erect, branched fragmented shrub growing to the height of about 30- 60cm. Tulsi leaves are up to 5cm long simple, aromatic, branched, opposite, obtuse, elliptical, and have dentate margins. According to Ayurveda, daily consumption of tulsi prevents diseases, promotes general health, wellbeing & longevity, and relieves stress. The leaves of Tulsi are demulcent, diaphoretic & expectorant in bronchitis, cough, cold & cough & fever. It has also been used as a laxative, stimulant & anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic & blood purifier in hepatic disorders.
- Rasa (taste): Katu, Tikta (Pungent, bitter)
- Veerya (nature): Ushna (Hot)
- Vipaka (taste developed through digestion): Katu (Pungent)
- Guna (qualities): Laghu, Ruksha, Tikshna (Light, Dry, Sharp)
- Doshas (effect on humors): Balances Vata & Kapha. It increases Pitta
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) Extract Tannins 5% by Gravimetry
Common Name Tulsi Botanical Name Ocimum sanctum Standardization Tannins 5% Test Method Gravimetric Part Used Leaves Application Antipyretic, Anti-Cough, Anti-Cold, & Anti-Oxidant