Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is a common house plant in Indian homes. It is also regarded as being holy and auspicious and is used frequently in prayers and ceremonies. Holy Basil, which has the scientific name Ocimum Sanctum is undoubtedly one of the best medicinal herbs discovered. Tulsi is well known for its countless medicinal characteristics – antibacterial, antifungal, antipyretic, antioxidant, antiseptic. It is regarded by some as the ‘Queen of Herbs’.
Holy Basil, is especially beneficial in respiratory tract infections because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-allergic properties. It is helpful in relieving symptoms of flu like common cold, wet and dry cough. Tulsi works as a powerful immunodulator and restores balance of body and mind. Tulsi is also known to have antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The herb is helpful in all kinds of cramps in the stomach. It is also used to treat colic, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, intestinal worms, physical tiredness, depression, short-term and long-term anxiety and insomnia.