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Tulsi - The Queen of Herbs

Tulsi - The Queen of Herbs

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This small document describes the amazing healing properties of Tulsi. Reading this would be a catalyst for planting Tulsi plant at your home.
This small document describes the amazing healing properties of Tulsi. Reading this would be a catalyst for planting Tulsi plant at your home.

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 T, Q  H,   “I O”  I,             -   O. e sacred basil Tulsi* is renowned forits religious and spiritual sanctity, as well as forits important role in the traditional Ayurvedicand Unani systems of holistic health and herb-al medicine of the East.An impressive array of health promot-ing, disease preventing and life prolongingproperties of Tulsi have been described anddocumented over ve millennia. In the pastfew decades, many of these benets have beeninvestigated and veried by modern scienticresearch.According to ancient Indian legend, theplant came into being as an incarnation of theHindu goddess Tulsi. In her botanical formshe is the favoured herb of the gods Vishnu,Krishna and Ram, as well as being greatly re- vered by Brahma and Shiva. Tulsi is thoughtto open the heart and mind, and bestow love,compassion, faith and devotion. e plant is widely incorporated in religious rituals andauspicious ceremonies throughout the subcon-tinent, and is carefully grown and worshippedby traditional Hindu families today.Medical, religious and culinary use of Tulsihas also been documented for centuries inChina and the rest of Asia, the Middle East,North Africa and Australia. Tulsi initially met with mixed reactionsin Europe as it traveled west along the early trade routes from the Orient. After a period of cultural assimilation, the plant became knownto Christians as sacred or holy basil, and washailed as “e King of Herbs” by Europeanherbalists and physicians, as well as cooks. ename
is likely derived from Greek wordsreferring to “royalty” or “king.”Holy basil became routinely included inlegends, oerings and worship rituals of many of the Christian denominations of Europe—perhaps most noteworthy being the Greek Orthodox Church. e sacred plant was givenan especially festive central role in the an-nual celebration of the birth of St. Basil. Alsoknown as St. Josephwort in parts of Europe,the herb is looked on by many as a gift of Christ. Tulsi is often enjoyed as a simple herbal teaand is frequently blended with other herbsand spices for various medicinal and culinary purposes.
India’s Holy Basil
Tulsi Queen of Herbs
Ralph Miller, PhD & Sam Miller 
Traditionally, Hindusrevere Tulsi as a god-dess in the form of aplant bestowed withgreat spiritual and heal-ing powers.According to legend, noamount of gold couldoutweigh Krishna, but asingle Tulsi leaf placedon the pan in loving de-votion tilted the scale.To inaugurate thewinter wedding seasonin many parts of India,Tulsi, as a plant, isceremonially marriedto Krishna in the formof a sacred stone.
*Tulsi is pronounced “tool-see.”
Center image.
Indian woman perform-ing morning Tulsi puja(worship ritual).
Right image.
Tulsi plant with deitiesKrishna and Radha.
© 
Tulsis Health Benets
In recent years there has been a resurgenceof interest in investigating the traditionalhealth promoting uses of Tulsi. A considerable,rapidly expanding body of modern scienticinformation is currently available conrmingmany of the life-supporting benets describedin ancient Indian Ayurvedic (“Knowledge of Life”) writings.Key historical documents include the
(“Book of Eternal Knowledge”),thought to have been developed around , the
Susrut Samhita
medical texts,circa  to  , and
 Nighantu Adarsha
,revised in . In such Ayurvedic scriptures, Tulsi is frequently mentioned as one of themain pillars of herbal medicine. e sacredplant is described as a protector of life, pre- venting misery and disease from birth throughold age and death and even then aiding thepassage to the heavens.
Traditional medical uses
Renowned as a general tonic and vitalizer,“e Elixir of Life”, Tulsi has been traditionally employed in hundreds of dierent formula-tions for the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including those of the mouth andthroat, lungs, heart, blood, liver, kidney, andthe digestive, metabolic, reproductive and ner- vous systems. Tulsi is commonly used to treatcoughs, colds and u, head and ear aches, rheu-matism and arthritis, malaria, fever, allergies,and various skin diseases, to reduce the toxicity of various poisons, including insect and reptilebites, to expel intestinal parasites, repel insectsand purify the air.
Top image.
 Husband and wife teamin northern India enjoyinga cup of Tulsi tea in theirRama Tulsi eld near har-vest time.Along with several hun-dred other farmers, theygrow Tulsi for OrganicIndia, one of India’s largestinternational suppliers of organic Tulsi.
Modern perspectives
Current scientic research oers substantialevidence that Tulsi protects against and re-duces stress; enhances stamina and endurance;increases the body’s e cient use of oxygen;boosts the immune system; reduces inamma-tion; protects against radiation damage; lessensaging factors; supports the heart, lungs andliver; has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungalproperties; enhances the e cacy of many othertherapeutic treatments; and provides a richsupply of antioxidants and other nutrients.Overall, Tulsi is a premier adaptogen, help-ing the body and mind to adapt and cope witha wide range of physical, emotional, chemicaland infectious stresses, and restore disturbedphysiological and psychological functions to anormal healthy state. ese general vitality enhancing and healthpromoting properties, in addition to Tulsi’smany more specic therapeutic actions, likely account for much of the exceptionally broadrange of Tulsi’s traditional medical uses, as wellas contributing to its mythological importanceand religious sanctity.
e holy basil Tulsi is one of the most potentgeneral adaptogens known to modern science,strengthening the body’s natural capacity to adaptto a wide variety of stresses, and restore and main-tain healthy homeostatic equilibrium.Tulsi thus oers remarkable preventative and cura-tive potential with respect to many stress-relateddegenerative disorders, such as cancer, heart dis-ease, arthritis, diabetes and neurological dementia.
Holistic Health Promotion
 Enhances general health and well-being,having positive overall eects on the body and mind.
Stress Resilience
Increases the capacity to cope and adapt tochanging and challenging environments,and reduces the negative physical and psy-chological eects of stress (adaptogenic).
Energy and Performance Enhancement 
Improves stamina and endurance, and in-creases the body’s e ciency in using oxygen.Enhances protein synthesis and strength.
 Anti-Aging Eects
Slows the biological aging process by reduc-ing the impact of physiological aging fac-tors.
 Antioxidant Activity 
Provides signicant antioxidant and freeradical scavenging protection. Neutralizesdangerous biochemicals that contribute topremature aging, cataracts, cancer and otherdegenerative diseases.
Radiation Protection
Reduces the cell and tissue damage causedby harmful rays of the sun, TV, computers, X-rays, radiation therapy, high altitude airtravel, etc.
Immunity Tune-Up
Strengthens and modulates the immunesystem. Reduces allergic histamine, asth-matic and other adverse immune reactions.
 Anti-inammatory Action
Reduces the painful and dangerous inam-mation that plays a key role in various formsof arthritis, cancer and degenerative neuro-logical disorders.
 Antibiotic Protection
Oers signicant natural antibacterial, anti- viral and antifungal protection and is, there-by, helpful in treating many serious systemicdiseases, as well as localized infections.
Heart and Vascular Protection
Lowers dangerous cholesterol and stress-related high blood pressure, protects theheart and blood vessels, and has mild bloodthinning qualities, thereby decreasing thelikelihood of strokes.
Liver Support 
Generally contributes to healthy liver func-tion, improves the metabolic breakdown andelimination of dangerous chemicals in theblood, and counteracts various liver diseases.
Lung and Bronchial Support 
In addition to contributing generally torespiratory health, Tulsi has been shown tobe helpful in the treatment of a variety of serious allergic, inammatory and infectiousdisorders aecting the lungs and related tis-sues.
Contains vitamins C and A, and mineralscalcium, zinc and iron, as well as chloro-phyll and many other phytonutrients. Alsoenhances the e cient digestion, absorptionand use of nutrients from food and otherherbs.
 Allopathic Medicine Complement 
Enhances the eectiveness and reduces thenegative and often dangerous side eects of many standard modern medical treatments.
Other Benets
Lowers fevers, protects against gastric ulcers,reduces dangerous blood sugar levels in dia-betics, and supports dental and periodontalhealth (and diminishes “bad breath”). Alsoprotects against mercury poisoning, speedshealing of bone fractures, reduces nausea, vomiting and cramping, and repels insects,including mosquitoes and lice.
High Safety Margin
Research indicates that Tulsi has a very high safety margin with exceptionally low toxicity, providing general benecial eectsat doses without adverse reactions or otherundesirable side eects.
“When I was rst intro-duced to the sacred Tulsi,my rst reaction, as aWestern scientist, wasdisbelief. ere seemedto be far more wide-rang-ing health benets attrib-uted to this plant thancould be possible for asingle agent. Yet, I real-ized that there must becompelling reasons whyTulsi has, for thousandsof years, remained oneof the most cherishedof India’s sacred healingplants.”— Dr. Ralph D. Miller
From the Introduction to
Tulsi, e Mother Medicineof Nature
.* Full references provided in
Tulsi, Mother Medicine of Nature
(Singh, Hoette and Miller, ) and available on request.
odern scientic research provides evidence that Tulsi oers the following benets:*
Health Benet Highlights

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