Tulsi (organic), 50 grams
Ayurvedic Herbs & Spices
Botanical name: Ocimum sanctum
Other names: Holy basil, Tulasi, Divya
Part used: Leaves
Taste (rasa): Pungent, bitter
Characteristic (guna): Dry, light
Energy (veerya): Heating
Post digestive effect (vipak): Pungent
The fault, the imbalance of the elements (dosa): VK-, P+
Action (karma): Alleviates fevers, diaphoretic, benefits breathing and alleviates coughing, enkindles the digestive fire, specific affinity for the heart, alleviates skin disorders, alleviates dysuria (seed), expectorant, febrifuge, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, nervine, carminative, aromatic.
Dose: 1-9 grams per day
Contraindications: In respiratory infections with high pitta without other cooling herbs. No drug-herb interactions are known, however, thereis theoretical evidence that its eugenol content may deplete glutathione from the liver. Therefore caution should be used in patientsusing glutathione-depleting medication such as paracetamol.
As its botanical name implies it is considered a very sacred plant. It is high in sattva, imparting the quality of lightness and spiritual clarity.