Holy Basil Leaf

Ocimum sanctum is an annual herb belonging to the mint family with 150
varieties worldwide. Ocimum sanctum emits a spicy scent when bruised. It is
believed to purify expectorants, and called the “wonder herb”. Tulsi is pungent
and bitter in taste, pungent in the post digestive effect and has hot potency. The
roots, leaves and seeds of Tulsi possess several medicinal properties. Ayurvedic
texts categorise Tulsi as stimulant, aromatic and antipyretic. It has a variety of
biological / pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal,
anti protozoal, anti malarial, anthelmentic, anti diarrhoeal, analgesic, antipyretic,
anti inflammatory, anti allergic, antihypertensive, cardio protective, central
nervous system (CNS) depressant, memory enhancer, antihypercholesterolaemic, hepatoprotective, anti diabetic, anti asthmatic, anti thyroidic,
antioxidant, anticancer, chemopreventive, radio protective, immunomodulatory,
anti fertility, antiulcer, anti arthritic, adaptogenic / anti stress, anti cataract, anti
leucodermal and anticoagulant activities. Its leaves are helpful in sharpening
memory and in curing fever and common cold. Ocimum contains fixed oil which
is confirmed by chemical tests for glycerine. The plant increased the physical
endurance and prevented stress-induced ulcers.