Uses of Ocimum sanctum L.

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Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database
Cough, cold and fever

Take the decoction of leaves along with black salt- Prem Prakash Kumawat, Nagor, Rajasthan

Mouth ulcer

Mix the juice of tulsi leaves and lemon and apply on the ulcers- Rahul Bharti, Hazaribag, Jharkhand


Make powder from equal amount of leaves of tulsi, bel and jamun. Take a spoonful orally along with cold water- Birendra Singh Chowan, Jaipur, Rajasthan


Apply the leaf paste topically- Kundan Kumar Singh, Gopalganj, Bihar

Health tonic

Take equal amount of leaf juice of tulsi and neem along with little black pepper powder and black salt- Adesh Kumar Vansal, Delhi

Uses described in Literature

Whole plant is used to cure bronchitis107; dried whole plant is used as tonic81; and the plant is used to combat diabetes108. ‘Diakof’11, a sugar-free cough linctus, with tulsi as an ingredient, is beneficial for both productive and dry cough. ‘Tulsi churna’109, a natural ayurvedic product, provides antioxidants and is used to improve digestion and general health. More than fifty patents were found on its medicinal applications such as for treating cataract110 and cancer111.