Kala Tulasí, Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil,


Sanskrit: Tulsí (Tulasí), K^ißhòamul

taulasaI,  kìS—maula

Hindi: Kala Tulasí

English: Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil

Latin: O c i m u m Spp.  or  O. Sanctum or O. basilicum

Part Used: Herb


Small  herb found throughout

India and cultivated near Hindu houses and temples Energetics: Pungent-hot-pungent VK- (P+ in ex– cess)

Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow/nerves, reproduc- tive

Systems: Digestive, nervous, respiratory

Action: Antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, antis- pasmodic, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nervine, vermi- fuge

Uses: Coughs (including TB-caused), colds, excellent for fevers, lung/respiratory problems (práòavaha srotas)—liquefies phlegm, allergic bronchitis, asthma, eosinophilia. Abdominal dis- tention, absorption/bioavailability, arthritis, colon (air excess), memory, nasal/sinus congestion, si- nus headache (as snuff), blood and heart tonic; oxygenates the body, cleanses and clears the brain and nerves; strengthens nerve tissue, relieves de- pression and the effects of poisons; reduces pain, difficult urination, prevents the accumulation of fat in the body (especially for women after meno- pause), obstinate skin diseases, arthritis, rheuma- tism, first stages of many cancers, builds the im- mune system. Improves digestion and appetite and destroys áma, good for worms, empowers other herbs. It is chewed for gum infection. Tulsí con- tains trace mineral copper (organic form), needed to absorb iron. Helps prevent hair-loss and gray- ing. Oil is used for earaches. Reduces swellings.

Purifies the air (when grown in the house—a natu- ral negative ion machine); it frees ozone from suns rays

Spiritual Uses: Sattwic, opens heart and mind, gives love, devotion, faith, compassion, and clarity; sa- cred to Vißhòu and K^ßhòa; cleanses the aura and gives Divine protection. It increases práòa (life breath). One of the two most sacred plants in In- dia. It develops pure awareness

Precautions: Excess Pitta

Preparation: Juice, infusion, powder, ghee, sham- poo

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