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Ocimum sanctum Linn.
  • Family : Lamiaceae
  • Synonym : O.tenuiflorum
  • English : Holy Basil
  • Hindi : Tulsi
  • Gujarati : Tulsi
  • Sanskrit : Tulasi

  • Part used : Panchang

Botanical Description: An erect much branched softly pubescent undershrub, 30-60cm high with red or purple subquadrangular branches; leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, oblong, obtuse or acutre, entire, serrate or dentate, pubescent on both sides, minutely gland dotted, petioles slender hairy; flowers white or purplish in elongated racemes in close whorls, stamens exerted, upper pair with a small bearded appendage at the base, frui nutlets, smooth, not mucilaginous when wet. Flowering and fruiting from August to April.

It occurs throughout India and is well cultivated.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kasaya
  • Guna : Laghu, Ruksa, Tiksna
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Dipana, Hrdya, Kaphahara, Rucya, Vatahara, Pittavardhini, Durgandhihara

Modern Pharmacological Action:  Tulsi is regarded as the “Queen of Herbs”. The anticancer activity has been proved and cited by several investigators. The chemopreventive effect of the leaf extract is probably through the induction of hepatic/extrahepatic GST in mice. The radioprotective effect of OS was reported. The antioxidant activity has also been reported. The transient cerebral ischemia and long term cerebral hypoperfusion (causing cellular oedema, gliosis and perivascular inflammatory infiltrate) have been prevented by Tulsi. Aqueous of Tulsi showed growth inhibition for Klesbiella, E. coli, Proteus and Staphylococcus aureus; while alcoholic showed growth inhibition for Vibrio cholerae. It was also found to be active against resistant Neisseria gonorrhea strains; its fixed oil showed good antibacterial activity against Bacillus pumilus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus. Higher content of linolenic acid in OS fixed oil could contribute towards its antibacterial activity. The Oral administration of Tulsi extract led to marked lowering of blood sugar in normal, glucosefed hyperglycemic and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. There are many herbal plants in the world but the Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi) is considered to be the queen of herbs due to its greater medicinal values. The Indian material medica describes the use the plant in a verity of ailments Tulsi has also been used in treatment of fever, bronchitis, arthritis, convulsion etc.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Tulsi Aerial Extract

  • Step Tablet
  • Zeal SF Cough Syrup
  • Zeal Cough Syrup
Tulsi Panchang Dry Extract
  • Holy Basil Capsule
  • Plug It Capsule
  • Shyamala Herbal Hair Oil
  • Step Syrup
  • Step Capsule
  • Step Tablet
  • Zeal SF Cough Syrup
  • Zeal Kid Drop
  • Zeal Cough Syrup
  • Zeal Tablet
Tulsi Processed Powder
  • Holy Basil Capsule
  • Zeal Herbal Granules
Tulsi Powder
  • Step Tablet