1. Healing Power: 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 seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
2. Fever & 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 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. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to
bring down fever.
3. Coughs: Tulsi is 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.
4. 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.
5. Respiratory Disorder: The 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.