Holy Basil Powder (Tulsi)





Hindi Name



English Name





Ocimum sanctum 



The Tulsi or the holy basil is an herb typical to the Indian religion and culture. This has assumed great religious significance over thousands of years. In fact its religious importance far surpasses its medicinal and other (condimental) uses. Ancient Hindu religious scriptures are full of praises about this plant. There are numerous myths and legends revolving around the plant too.

The Tulsi herb is found quite commonly all over the Indian sub continent. The plant can grow in the wild in the tropical warm regions. The plants height varies from 2 to 4 feet. The Tulsi leaves have a marked strong aroma and an astringent taste. There are some biologically active compounds like urosolic acid, luteolin and apigenin that can be extracted from the Tulsi leaves. Though it is the leaves that are usually used the flowers, seeds and roots also find good usage. There are two main varieties of Tulsi- the dark variety or Krishna Tulsi and the light variety or Rama Tulsi. 



Coughs, colds, fevers, headaches, lung problems, abdominal distention, absorption, arthritis, colon (air excess), memory, nasal congestion, nerve tissue strengthening, purifies the air; sinus congestion, clears the lungs, heart tonic; it frees ozone from suns rays and oxygenates the body, cleanses and clears the brain and nerves; relieves depression and the effects of poisons; difficult urination, prevents the accumulation of fat in the body (especially for women after menopause), obstinate skin diseases, arthritis, rheumatism, first stages of many .cancers, builds the immune system. It also contains trace mineral copper (organic form), needed to absorb iron.
Studies have also shown the Tulsi to be effective in reducing blood sugar levels and in controlling diabetes. 

Promoting increased digestive power, Triphala works to strengthen the sensory organs, including the eyes and taste buds as well. It is said to be one of the gentlest yet most effective laxatives available on the holistic market. Ayurvedic healers depend heavily on this supplement and recommend its use daily.