Benefits and uses of Tulsi Herb (Holy Basil)

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Tulsi is regarded as a bind of “elixir of life” and is believed to promote longevity. It has been traditionally used by Hindus and now others, for its diverse healing properties.

The Tulsi or Holy tulsi (Osimum sanctum) is an important symbol in many Hindu religious traditions. The name “tulsi” means “the incomparable one”. Tulsi is a venerated plant and devotees worship it in the morning and evening. Tulsi grows wild in the tropics and warm regions. Tulsi has two varieties one Dark Tulsi (Red) and other light (White). The former possesses greater medicinal value and is commonly used for worship.

Tulsi has also been recognized by the rishis for thousands of years as a prime herb in Ayurvedic treatment. It has been traditionally used by Hindus, and now others, for its diverse healing properties. Tulsi is regarded as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. Its aroma is distinctively different to its close cousin, the Thai Basil, which is sometimes wrongly called Holy basil, but they can be distinguished by their aroma and flavour. Holy basil is slightly hairy, whereas Thai Basil is smooth and hairless, also Holy basil does not have the strong aniseed or licorice smell of Thai Basil; Holy Basil has a hot, spicy flavour sometimes compared to cloves.

CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF TULSI:

Tulsi herb benefitsTulsi relieves flatulence, which had been subsequently proven true. In the far east, the herb had been used as a cough medicine, and in Africa, it has been used to expel worms. American colonists considered Tulsi (Basil) the essential ingredient in a snuff used to ease headaches. The above ground portion of this potion is used medicinally. Primary chemical constituents of Basil include essential oils (estragol, eugenol, lineol, linalol), caffeic acid, tannins, beta carotene, and vitamin A & C.) Basil is aromatic and carminative.

It will help to expel flatulence, and ease griping pains in the abdomen. Medicinally, Basil has also been used for various topical applications, as a poultice or salve for insect bites, acne and ring worm; as a gargle or mouthwash for thrush; as a bath herb for increased energy; and as eyewash for tired eyes. The essential oil of Basil is added to massage oils for sore muscles and the dried herb was burned as antiseptic incense. Having a pot of Basil on the table also helps to repel flies and mosquitoes. The juice can be applied to fungal infections. Basil is antispasmodic, carminative, galactagogue, and stomachic. It had been sometimes used for whooping cough.

Leaves contain a yellowish green essential oil which if kept for a time crystallizes and is then known as “Basil Camphor”. Essential oil contains new terpene. Seeds contain a large amount of mucilage and demulcent. Leaves are Anticatarrhal, expectorant, aromatic and diaphoretic. Juice of the plant is antihelmintic. Roots are febrifuge antidote to snake poison. A whole plant is aromatic.

Uses:
Leaves are used for flavouring purposes. Seeds are useful in ‘Catarrh, Chronic diarrhoea, dysentery, gonorrhea, nephritis, cystitis and internal piles; they also relieve the pain of after parturition. They are used as an Aphrodisiac in doses of from 1 to 3 drachm. A teaspoon full of seeds steeped in a glass of water swell into a mucilaginous jelly and with some sugar forms an excellent drink in the above named diseases.

The plant drives mosquitoes. It is useful in various diseases. Leaves ground with water are applied on bad boils. Infusions of the leaves are given in Malaria, as a stomachic in Gastric diseases and in Hepatic affection. Leaf juice is often used as adjunct to metallic preparations which are affected with bad skin diseases such as itches, ringworm, leprosy and bad blood etc. should drink the juice of Basil leaves and also apply the same by itself or preferably mixed with juice of lemon (Lemon juice) as a paste of radical cure. Dried plant in decoction is used as a domestic remedy for Croup, catarrh, and bronchitis in doses of 1/2 to 2 drenches.

The plant is aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic and stimulant. During fever when the extremities are cold, leaves made into paste is applied to the finger and toe nails. The same preparation is used to cure parasitical disease of the skin such as ring worm etc. tulsi has antimicrobial property. It is useful in respiratory tract infection. The plant can play a role in the management of immunological disorder such as allergies and asthma. The juice of the leaves is used against fever and as an antidote for snake and scorpion bites. Its antispasmodic effect relives abdominal pains and helps in leveling the blood sugar level.

Leaf juice poured into the ear is a first aid remedy for earache. It also cures chronic fever, hemorrhage, dysentery and dyspepsia. Mixed with a little ginger, leaf juice is given for colic in children and one tola of it mixed with quarter tola of black pepper is given in catarrhal fever and in the cold stages of intermittent fever fresh juice checks vomiting. Fresh leave juice given with honey, ginger and onion juice destroys intestinal worms. It forms a good expectorant remedy and useful in cough, bronchitis and children’s fever. Leaves given sweetened with honey to children in chronic cough is good expectorant.

HEALING POWERS OF TULSI

The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve 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 seeds of the plants are mucilaginous.

General Treatment with the help of Tulsi leaves or its Juice

(1) If diluted juice of Tulsi leaves is taken on an empty stomach every morning, it helps in the development of the bodily strength, memory and an impressive personality. Drinking Tulsi decoction with a little sugar (better with sugar candy or ‘Misri’) and gives energy and removes fatigue. Daily ingestion of Tulsi juice maintains the digestive efficiency of the stomach and promotes appetite. If Tulsi juice with a little salt in it is dropped into the nostril of an unconscious person, the person quickly regains consciousness.

(i) Tulsi quickly reduces blood cholesterol to normal levels. Daily use of Tulsi removes acidity, cures dysentery colitis etc. and is very beneficial in muscular pain, colds, leucoderma, obesity, headaches etc.

(ii) If one takes Tulsi seeds every day with betel leaves, the amount of blood and semen will increase and impotence can be cured,

(iii) As a precaution against malaria, periodic fever and Tulsi leaves with a little of pure ghee and black pepper grains should be taken. The mode of this treatment is very simple. Five to seven leaves are sufficient for children, while adults require 25 to 50 leaves. In case juice of Tulsi leaves are to be taken, grind the leaves on a clean flat stone and squeeze out its juice. Mixer can also be employed for this purpose. Intake of the powder of its ‘manjari’ (inflorescences) clears the urine and have an invigorating effect on the body. If fresh leaves cannot be obtained due to their being out of season, the dried and powdered leaves can be substituted instead of the fresh ones,

(iv) It is a good de-addiction dose also. Chewing the leaves with a couple of black-pepper grains whenever the addicted persons (to tea, tobacco or alcohol) feel the urge to have these harmful things is a good course to get rid of the addiction.

(v) Having Tulsi leaves regularly also keeps the body acquire optimum weight, i.e. the thin become sturdy and the fat become lean but powerful.

FEVER AND COMMON COLD
The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with herbal tea, act as preventive against these diseases. In case of the fevers a decoction of the leaves boiled with a powdered cardamom in half liter of water and mixed with jaggery/honey and milk brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down the fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hrs. In between one can keep giving sips of cold water. In children, it is very effective in bringing down the temperature. One can be aloof from the malarial attack by taking 10 gms. of Tulsi juice every morning, noon and evening. An extract prepared by heating 10 gms. of Tulsi leaves and 10 gms. of ‘Amaltas’ pulp in water is an effective cure for all kinds of autumnal or seasonal fevers.

Juice of Tulsi and ginger taken with honey stimulate appetite and help cure colds, fevers, including pneumonia. Soak 10 gms of the parts of a Tulsi plant such as leaves, inflorescences and seeds in half a cup of honey or in the ‘Mritasanjeevani sura’ (wine) for a week and then strain the liquid. Two-spoonfuls of this liquid taken three times a day will cure influenza or air sorts of cold-induced fevers.

Grind 11 leaves of Tulsi, 9 black pepper seeds, 30gms of ajwain (Bishop’s seeds) and 50 gms of stone ginger in a mortar, and shake well with water. Take a newly prepared dry clay cup or crucible, heat it strongly, and pour the above mixture into it. Then expose your body to the vapours emanating from the hot mixture. When its temperature comes down to a tolerable level, add a little rock salt to the mixture and drink it off. Fever of any type will subside in a very short time.

Taking 10 gms. of the mixed juices of mints and Tulsi leaves sweetened with 5 gms. of crystal sugar is very beneficial in chronic fevers.

Pulverise leaves of Tulsi and those of the dark drumstick tree to a fine powder. This powder taken with lukewarm water cures typhoid fever.

If the fever is accompanied by cough and difficulty in breathing, taking 3 gms. of Tulsi juice and 3 gms. of ginger juice with a teaspoonful of honey. The fever will subside and phlegm will be removed, making breathing easier.

Take 10 gms. of Tulsi seeds, 10 gms. of pepper seeds and 10 gms. of the kernel of ‘Karanjalata’ seeds. Grind to a fine paste and prepare pea-sized pills. There pills constitute an effective remedy for fevers associated with abnormalities of semen.

A suspension obtained by crushing 6 leaves of Tulsi and 7 black pepper seeds with two spoonfuls of water is a cure for typhoid fever accompanied by loose motions.

In common colds and accompanying fevers, a tea-like decoction of Tulsi leaves is very effective. Take a few leaves of Shyam Tulsi, add some sugar and boil well in a cupful of water. Strain and let the patient drink it with or without cow’s milk, as preferred. This treatment continued over a few days will bring the temperature down to normal. The dosage for children would be about one-eighth of that for the adults.

Boil five grams of dry Tulsi leaves, 2 gms. of ginger and 2 gms. of black pepper with water. Add milk and sugar. This remedy is ideal for curing fevers and chest pains caused by bound muscles.

Chewing 20-25 Tulsi leaves every day during the monsoons and the post rains seasons when respiratory disorders are more prevalent provides protection against these disorders.

Application of the juices of the leaves of Van Tulsi on all nails of the hand and the feet is effective against the lowering of the pulse rate (Sheetaang) caused by certain fevers such as typhoid. The treatment should continue a weak more after the cure from the fever.

SORE THROAT
Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS
The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory 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 litre of water till only half the water is left and then taken. Tulsi is important constituent of many ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucous in bronchitis and asthma.

KIDNEY STONE
Basil 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 urinary tract.

HEART DISEASE
Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac diseases and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

CHILDREN AILMENT

Common pediatric problems like cough, cold, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting respond favourably to the juice of basil leaves. If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.

As Tulsi is a very mild and harmless substance it is ideal for treating the diseases of children. Many of the children disease’s and disorders such as fevers, coughs, regurgitation of milk, difficulty in breathing etc. get cured quickly by this Tulsi based treatment.

Normally Tulsi juice should be wanned before it is given to children. Just 2 to 5 gms. of Tulsi seeds will suffice in most of the juvenile disorders. As atonic administration of Tulsi juice is recommended to the children which keep them healthy and the threatened disorders at bay.

In fever and common cold cases Tulsi juice should be smeared on the chest and forehead. The child should be made to inhale the varpours emanating from the juice. Along with it, half tea-spoonful Tulsi juice with equal amount of honey (old) should be given to the sick child.

If there be worms in the child’s system, occasionally visible through vomit and faeces, give him 10 gms. of Tulsi juice with a little of vayuviding, kakcha or himej for two to three days to make him get rid of the trouble.

In case of dry cough, the child should be given tender shoots of Tulsi and ginger crushed together and mixed with honey. Ask the child to lick the paste and not swallow it with water,

Rubbing a bit of Tulsi juice on the child’s gums before teething would help the teeth appear without much difficulty.

If Tulsi juice is administered in the initial stages of colds, fevers, accumulation of phlegm, vomiting or diahorrhoea, these problems would be cured easily.

In the cases of dry cough, prepare the following extract. Take 5 gms. of Tulsi inflorescences, 5 gms. of vaj peepar (sweet flag) and 20 gms. of crystal sugar and boil them in 500 gms. of water until half of the water remains. Now strain and cool the extract. Give, one teaspoonful extract four to five times to cure the trouble.

In case of normal cough administer a mixture of five gms. of Tulsi leaves, five gms. of Kakdashingi and five gms. of ‘ativish’ buds crushed together, made into a paste with honey and mother’s milk.

Kasondara leaf-juice given with Tulsi leaves’ juice is a tried and tested remedy for coughs.

Boil 10 gms. of Tulsi leaves, 10 gms. of methi seeds and 5 gms. of ‘Kadu’ twigs in 50 gms. of water till only one-fourth of the water remains cool and strain. Administration of this extract is very beneficial in fevers preceded by cold rigors such as malaria.

A child would instantly get relief from abdominal pains, a slightly warmed of Tulsi and ginger juices will provide relief.

Thirty to sixty drops of the following mixture administered two to three times a day to a child suffering a cold or cough will prove greatly beneficial to the child in cases of cold or cough. Take 5 gms. each of Tulsi leaf juice, ajwain seeds and turmeric and ground to a very fine paste in mortar. Add to it 25 gms. of honey, mix well and store the mixture in a glass container. Give 30 to 60 drops of this mixture to child twice or thrice in a day.

( See also : health benefits of turmeric )

If a baby’s abdomen is distended due to the accumulation of gas, the condition can be relieved by giving to it 5 to 10 gms. of Tulsi juice, adjusting the amount in accordance with the age and constitutional build of the child.

In the case of the diarrhoic conditions accompanying the teething trouble of a child, give a little of the Tulsi leaves with half the quantity of the juice of a pomegranate.

To a child troubled persistently by cold and cough give him a little of Tulsi juice with honey twice or thrice a day to bring instant relief.

In case you baby is suffering from colic pain, give him a little powered stone (dry) ginger (sauntla) with Tulsi leaf for quick relief.

An infant, being fed on breast milk, should be given three drops of Tulsi juice mixed with honey to lick if he or she get bouts of vomiting and retching.

If an infant, being fed on breast, suffers from cold or cough, brew tea for him with four to five leaves of Tulsi and give this tea twice or thrice to him/her for quick relief.

Massaging the gums with Tulsi leaf juice mixed with honey will help the baby cut its teeth easily without the usual troubles associated with teething.

Five to ten drops of Tulsi leaf juice given with water every day will strengthen the muscles and bones of the infants.

Take equal amounts of Tulsi seeds, nagarmotha, ‘atees’, Kakadashingi, stamens of flowers of the smaller variety of kateri (chitraphala), vayviding, roasted cumin seeds, the smaller variety of peeper bamboo manna (vansa lochan) and saffron. Grind them together to a paste and form into small pills of the size of green grams. If these pills are given to a child every night for four or five days, most of the diseases including diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing, dyspnea, cough, vomiting, dacryocystitis, excessive movement of the ribs due to strain in breathing etc.

In order to get relief the child cases of influenza and coughs administer 30 to 60 drops of a mixture of 15 gms. of Tulsi leaf juice, 15 gms. of honey, 5 gms. of ginger and 5 gms. of powdered Ajwain seeds

Fevers and coughs can also be cured by giving the child 10 to 30 drops (according to its age) of a suspension of 2 gms. of black pepper powder in 15 gms. of Tulsi juice in which 5 gms. of crystal sugar has been dissolved.

If there is a wheezing sound heard from the breathing of a child, apparently caused by the accumulation of phlegm due to exposure to cold winds, the child should be given milk in which Tulsi leaves have been boiled. Then cover the child with a blanket to keep the body warm. Soon the condition of the child will improve.

Relieving the diarrhoea of the child during the teething period add two gms. of powdered Tulsi seeds in breast milk or in cow milk and administer the dose through the child’s mouth.

Warmed Tulsi juice would get the child relief from the worms.

The extract of Tulsi roots sweetened with sugar will relieve constipation and distension of the stomach, also ensuring a satisfactory bowel movement.

Take equal parts of Tulsi and betel juice, heat the combination a bit and give it to the child to provide it relief from flatulence caused by indigestion.

Grind 10 gms. of Tulsi leaves and 10 gms. of ‘peeper’ together to a paste form. Then form small sized pills. Three or four of these pills given to a child everyday will cure coughs including whooping cough.

An extract of Tulsi leaves and inflorescences given with jaggery to a child will provide relief to children having difficulty in breathing. Also giving 3 to 5 gms. of Tulsi juice to the child according to its age.

If your child is prone to vomiting, powdered Tulsi seeds given to him will cure the trouble.

Powdered bark of Tulsi roots given with honey helps an obese child to shed some of the fat.

Extract of Tulsi is an effective remedy for liver disorders of children.

A few drops of warmed Tulsi juice in the ear will relieve earache of children.

Tulsi as cure of the common female disorders

(i) The pregnant women should tie a few leaves of Tulsi round their waist before the delivery in order to lessen the intensity of the labour pains and easing the delivery.

(ii) In case of excessive bleeding two gms of each of the following ingredients should be grind together and its powder should be boiled in 100 gms of water till one-fourth quantity of the water remains. The ingredients are : dry ginger, gum from the bark of a neem tree, ajwain seeds, ‘tamalpatra’ and equal amounts of the five parts of the Tulsi leaves. The extract should be cooled and then strained. Taking two spoonfuls of it after every four hours would provide relief in the bleeding cases.

(iii) If half a glass of water boiled with Tulsi leaves is taken for each of the three days starting from the day of menstruation, the probability of conception is greatly reduced. This method of contraception is especially useful as it does not harm the genital organs. On the contrary they become healthier and more potent.

(iv) Itching of the skin over the abdomen and the breasts of a pregnant women is considerably relieved by the application of the paste prepared from the Van Tulsi.

(v) Cumin seeds grind in Tulsi juice and mixed with fresh milk of a cow have beneficial effect in leucorrhoea and they also improve the general health of the women.

(vi) If the menstrual flow is excessive, causing dizziness Tulsi juice mixed with honey will provide quick relief.

(vii) Tulsi seeds soaked overnight for twelve hours in water, crushed well in the morning and administered with sugar relieve the pain following delivery.

(viii) If the women is given a mixture of 20 gms. of Tulsi juice, 20 gms of the juice of maize leaves and 10 gms. of the juice or extract of Ashvagandha with 10 gms of honey, her breast milk improves in quality.

(ix) Leucorrhoea can be completely cured by treatment with 20 gms. of Tulsi juice with rice water while sticking to the regimen of the diet of rice and milk and ghee for the duration of the treatment period.

(x) Regular use of powdered roots of Tulsi enfolded in betel leaves stops the bleeding of internal lining of the stomach.

(xi) In the disease connected with the reproductive system of a woman the adhesive property of Tulsi seeds works wonders. The seeds are especially helpful in the cases of amenorrhoea. Treatment with the seeds ground and suspended in water for three days beginning from the first flow of the menstrual flow will help woman to conceive early, since this treatment totally purifies uterus. If an infertile woman continues this treatment for about a year, she will surely conceive. Tulsi leaves specially help make the uterus strong.

(xii) To ensure regularity of the menstrual flow give to the woman the following medicine. Take Tulsi seeds, naagkesar, ashwagandha, palash and peepal and ground them to fine powder form, then strain the powder through a fine cloth. Add to this powder 10 gms. of cow’s milk and some sugar. Regular intake of this medicine would set right the disturbed menstrual flow.

(xiii) Give the juice of Tulsi leaves (about half a teaspoonful in the evening and morning) to the woman going to deliver soon. This will reduce the intensity of the labour pains.

(xiv) Take 125 gms. each of the following ingredients : Tulsi seeds, black seasame seeds, tender shoots of the cotton plant and tender shoots of bamboo plants, and add a bit of aged jaggery to make the whole lot converted into small balls or pea-sized pills. If these pills are taken one at a time with water every morning and evening, they will surely restore the regularity of the menstrual flow.

Tulsi as cure of the common male disorders

(i) Application of the following paste in a thick layer on the scrotum is beneficial in the treatment of hydrocele. Take leaves of Tulsi, ‘hadiakarshan herb’ and ‘amarbel’ and add them with the droppings of camels. Grind all the ingredients to a paste form and apply as indicated above.

(ii) In case of difficulty in or stoppage of urination, drinking Tulsi juice with double its quantity of grape juice, sugarcane juice or coconut milk will induce profuse urination.

(iii) A drink prepared by soaking 10 gms of Tulsi seeds overnight in one cup of water, mashing them well in the liquid and adding sugar will relieve dysuria.

(vi) The following treatments have been found especially efficacious in curing dysuria: Take 10 gms. of Tulsi leaves add 5 gms of water and cow’s milk and take the potion twice daily. Alternatively dysuria can also be relieved by drinking a mixture of 10 gms. of Tulsi juice and 10 gms. of Lemon juice. Chewing a few leaves of Tulsi daily for a few days in also beneficial in curing dysuria.

(v) For nocturnal emissions the following treatments have been found especially effective.

(a) Soak 10 grams, of Tulsi leaves overnight in water in an earthen pot. Grind them well in the morning with 15 almond kernels and 16 small cardamoms. Add sugar (preferably sugar candy) to taste and drink the mixture in the morning and evening.

(b) Chew a few pieces of the Tulsi leaves folded in a betel leaf after meals to prevent nocturnal emissions.

(c) Take 10 gms of ‘Sudhamooli’ 10 gms. of Tulsi leaves and four bits of cardamoms. Boil them together after grinding them to a paste form. Strain and cool and have two spoonfuls of it every morning and evening.

(vi) The problem of adequate sperm-count: This problem in colloquial parlance is also known as thinness of the seminal fluid. Powder 50 gms. of Tulsi seeds and 60 gms. of sugar together. Take 5 gms. of this powder with cow’s milk every day. Alternatively, take 50 gms. of Tulsi leaves, 40 gms. Of ‘musali’, 40 gms. of the pods of ‘poshi’, 30 gms. of ‘kavach’ seeds, 50 gms. of gokharn (small caltrops) and 60 gms. of sugar. Grind all these together to a powder and strain it through a fine cloth. Take 10 gms. of this powder with cow’s milk every day.

(vii) The problem of premature ejaculation

(a) Cut Tulsi roots into thin slices. These slices taken with betel leaves increase the power of retention.

(b) 5 gms. of powdered Tulsi leaves taken with betel leaves are also beneficial.

(c) Two gms. of a mixture obtained by crushing Tulsi roots and Jimikand (elephant yam) together, taken with betel leaves will also help control the trouble.

(d) Take 50 gms. of Tulsi seeds, 40 gms. of ‘musali’ and 60 gms. of crystal sugar, and powder them together. 10 gms. of this mixture taken with cow’s milk everyday will improve the quality of the seminal fluid and prevent premature ejaculation.

(viii) The problem of Gonorrhoea : Also called ‘Sujak’ (in hindi) it is urinary disease related to chancroid. This disease is treated in the following manner: Take 5 gms. each of Tulsi seeds, seeds of small cardamoms and nitre and powder them together. Have 5 gms. of this powder and wash it down by diluted milk. (1:2 milk, water ratio). Drink this potion as many times at possible. Make sure that no sugar or any other substance is added to it. Alternatively, prepare a smooth paste by grinding Tulsi seeds with a little water. Boil the paste with twice its amount of neem oil. Allow the mixture to be boiled till the paste is blackened by the heat. Now cool the oil, separate from it the charred particles and apply the oil on the sores. This oil is very efficacious to cure all sorts of sores and wounds.

(ix) If there is pain and a burning sensation in the urinary passage while passing urine, prepare a mixture of 125 gms. of milk, 125 gms. of water and 20 to 30 gms. of Tulsi leaf juice, and drink it up.

(x) Soak 5 gms. of Tulsi seeds overnight in 125 gms. of water. In the morning, mash them thoroughly and drink the suspension. Regular and continuous use of this preparation will prove beneficial in gonorrhoea, thinness of the seminal fluid, dysuria and allied diseases.

(xi) Mix Tulsi seeds and jaggery. Roll into pea-sized pills. If one of these pills is taken every morning and evening with cow’s milk for four months, there will be a definite enhancement in the production rate of semen and the blood vessels shall also be strengthened. This treatment also improves digestion and restores potency of even a totally imbecile man.

(xii) Ground with cumin seeds and sugar and taken with milk, Tulsi seeds becomes very efficacious in the treatment of pains caused by stones in the bladder, burning sensation while passing urine and inflammation in the perineal region.

(xiii) Taken with honey, crushed Tulsi seeds cures all the abnormalities in the genital system including nocturnal emissions and help greatly in checking gonorrhoea.

(xiv) Tulsi seeds’ regular consumption eliminates pain accompanying urination.

(xv) Take powdered Shyam Tulsi mixed with lemon juice regularly to cure all uro-genital defects.

(xvi) Soak 10 gms. of Tulsi root powder overnight in a cupful of water. Grind it well in the morning, mix will and strain the suspension. This dose taken daily can cure even gonorrhoea.

(xvii) Take with milk collected straight from the teats of a cow (Dharoshna) Tulsi seeds’ powdered form and add a little old jaggery with it. This will also improve the quality of the seminal fluid. However, it is essential that the treatment should continue for 40 days.

(xviii)Take a few Tulsi leaves dried in shade and crush them to a fine powdered form. Add to it powdered methi (fenugreek) seeds and powdered Ashwagandha herb. Take the whole mixture with cow’s milk to check gonorrhoea. It also adds to the thickness of the seminal fluid.

(xix) An effective dose to cure nocturnal emission is taking equal amounts of powdered. Tulsi leaves, ‘Sheetal Chini’ (cubebs) powder and camphor with cold water at the time of going to bed.

(xx) Mix with 100 gms. of Tulsi leaves 20 gms. each of ‘chopchini’, taseemphana, peeparimool, nagkesar and akkalgaro (palatory root). Grind each of these separately to a fine powder, and soak each one in old honey, using in all 200 gms. of honey. Keep it acide for 24 hours. Now prepare a thick syrup of 500 gms. of white (refined) sugar. Allow it to cool. Then stir the soaked ingredient along with the honey into the syrup. Now grind 100 gms. each of saffron, seeds of small cardamoms and ‘Javitri’ (mace) to a fine powdered form. Add these powder also to the syrup, stir well and store in a glass jar. If 10 to 20 gms. of this preparation are taken regularly with cow’s milk sweetened with sugar, adjusting the amount according to the state of your health, this dose would greatly help in improving the quality of your seminal fluid and other allied genito-urinary problems. While undertaking this course observe strict celibacy.

(xxi) Taking five parts of Tulsi plant with crystal sugar would go a long way is restoring your sexual debilities curing a variety of the allied genito-urinary problems.

STRESS
Basil leaves are regarded as anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy person can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps to prevent several common ailments.

MOUTH INFECTION

The leaves are quiet effects for the ulcers and infections of the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure this condition.

INSECT BITE

The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoon full of the juice of the leaves is taken and repeated after few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected area. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bits of insect and leeches.

Applying the paste of Tulsi leaves and roots ground together on the sting of a scorpion with completely eliminate the effects of the poison. Also in such cases, crushing a few leaves of Tulsi with cow’s urine and lemon juice, and applying the paste over the region of the sting like an embrocation would cure the problem.

The pain caused by the sting of a wasp can be relieved by drinking Tulsi juice and applying it on the sting.

SKIN DISORDERS
Applied locally basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ring worm and skin disorders. It has also been treated successfully in Naturopathy in the treatment of leucoderma.

TOOTH DISORDER
The herb is useful in teeth disorder. 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 use as tooth paste. This is very good for maintaining the dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.

HEADACHE
Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Powdered leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache and for providing coolness in general.

EYE DISORDER
Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness. This is generally caused by deficient Vitamin A. Two drops of black Basil juice are put into the eye daily at bedtime cure night blindness.

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