Tulasi is the most sacred plant in India. Most of the Hindus grow tulasi plants at their homes and do pooja daily to the plant. It had many healing and health properties.
It has the property of destroying bacteria and insects and even the air around it is purified.
It has been scientifically proven that tulasi absorbs positive ions, energises negative ions, and liberates ozone from the atmosphere.
FEVER: Take the decoction of the leaves boiled with cardamom. Mix decoction with milk, if you want. Tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as a preventive against monsoon maladies, especially,malaria.
STRESS: Chew ten to twelve leaves daily to prevent stress.
INSECT BITES: Take a teaspoonful juice of the leaves internally and apply the paste externally to the affected parts. Tulasi mitigates the effect of the poisons of snake or scorpion bites on the body, for which it is to be taken internally as well as applied externally.
HEADACHE: Pound the leaves to paste, mix with sandalwood paste and apply on the forehead. For severe migraine,inhale the essential oil of basil dropped in boiling water, or drink basil tea.
LABOUR PAINS: A decoction of tulasi, to which honey has been added, is given to reduce labour pains. It is also recommended after childbirth.
NAUSEA AND VOMITING: Tulasi juice helps combat vomiting.To combat a general feeling of nausea try simmering a pinch of freshly grated ginger with a few basil leaves in a mug of hot water for 10 minutes and drink it.
RESPIRATORY DISORDERS: Tulasi is heat generating in action and is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. Drink the decoction, prepared with tulasi leaves, cloves, ginger and common salt in case of above disorders. Add one long pepper and two black peppers and few adulsa leaves and honey to this tea to get relief from cough.
SKIN DISOREDERS: A mix of tulasi juice and lime helps control ringworm and other itching skin problems.
SORE THROAT: Gargle with the warm decoction, twice or thrice a day.