Tulsi / Holy Basil [Ocimum tenuiflorum]

Of all the herbs used within Ayurveda, Tulsi, Holy Basil, or “The incomparable one” is preeminent. One of the most potent stories of Tulsi lives in the Hindu tradition. A devotee of the preserver God Vishnu died of shock when she was betrayed by Vishnu and in an act of divine justice she was reincarnated as Tulsi and no prayer to Vishnu would be completed without the plant.

Tulsi is adaptogenic, it is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and overall helps the body and mind adapt and cope with a wide range of physical, emotional, chemical, and infectious stresses.

From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit.

Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions: use its fresh flowers for bronchitis, the whole plant for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, and apply it topically for eczema and insect bites.