Herb of the Month
Botanical Name: Ocimum Sanctum.
English Name : Holi Basil
Basil is a many branched, erect stout and aromatic herb. It
grows up to the height of about 75cms and is hairy all over. The plant has tender leaves, usually smooth, up to 2.5cm
in length. The herb is bitter and pungent. This herb has been
known from as early as Vedic period .The holy basil is native
to India. It reached Western Europe in the 16th
Century .It has now widely grown throughout the world.
The plant has many
medicinal properties. The leaves are a nervine tonic and also
sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal
matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves
strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The
seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
Anxiety & Stress :
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 elements.
Cold & Fever:
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 preventive against
theses diseases. in case of acute fevers, a decoction of the
leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water
and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.
of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract
of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to
3 hours. In between one can keep giving sips of cold
water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down
an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups
and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis
and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.
boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore
throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.
herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system
disorder. 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, cloves and common salt
also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. They should
be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is
left and add then taken.
has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone
the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6
months it will expel them via the urinary tract.
has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness
resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood
pediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhea and
vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves. If
pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves
taken with saffron will hasten them.
leaves are quit effective for the ulcer and infections in the
mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.
herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect
stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is
taken and a repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also
be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is
also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.
locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of
ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also been tried
successfully by some naturopaths I the treatment of leucoderma.
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 bedtimes.
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 mustered oil to make a paste and used as
toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health,
counter acting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is
also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.
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
Tulsi, mint can help
prevent cancer :
Commonly found Indian
herb Tulsi and Mint can be used to fight cancer, says a
researcher at Jaipur. The cancer-fighting properties of tulsi,
which is grown in many Indian homes, and Pudina (Mint) have
been discovered by a team of 10 students at the University of
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