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Uses of Tulsi Plants Leaves

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Lynn DeVries has more than 15 years of professional freelance writing experience with projects ranging from marketing copy writing to entertainment journalism. She researches and writes about alternative therapies on the Web site Medicinal Herb Info and writes for eHow Home & Garden and LIVESTRONG. Lynn is fond of learning and writing about alternative therapies, the latest gadget, or technology.
Uses of Tulsi Plants Leaves
Tulsi is the Sanskrit name for basil. Photo Credit basil plant image by kuhar from Fotolia.com

Tulsi is the Sanskrit name for an herb closely related to the common culinary herb basil. It's also called luole in Chinese and holy basil in English. People have used this herb all over the world for many centuries, in cooking and for medicinal purposes. It's easy to grow on a windowsill, so it can be used fresh or it can be bought dried in capsules or as tea. The leaves are the useful portion of the plant.

Digestion Aid

The traditional use for tulsi is to help digestion and the organs associated with it. A tea made with tulsi is used to relieve stomachache, excessive acidity in the stomach and constipation. The herb is also a remedy for nausea, especially when combined with ginger in a tea. Even though tulsi has been used to help relieve morning sickness, its use is absolutely not recommended for pregnant women.

Stress Relief

Holy basil is categorized as an adaptogenic herb. This type of herb is used to counteract a person's physical reaction to stress. This herb is also given to rejuvenate and restore a person to good health when exposed to excess emotional or environmental stress.

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Immune Support

Tea made with tulsi and cloves is used to relieve the symptoms of a cold, respiratory infection, or a cough. Tulsi can also be made into a tea with a few drops of honey added to help calm a persistent cough. The holy basil is used to boost the immune system.

Other Uses

Ancient Egyptians thought tulsi was a treatment for snakebites or stings from scorpions, but if you encounter either of these, seek treatment from a doctor instead. Many people also use fresh tulsi leaves to rub on mosquito bites to relieve discomfort. A tea made with tulsi combined with peppercorns is given as a treatment to reduce fever. The leaves of holy basil are used all over the world in cooking as a seasoning.

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