|Tulsi-The Elixer of Life|
The tradition of growing Tulsi plants in all homes, declares that fear, disease and unhappiness can never gain entry into a home which has a Tulsi plant in front of it.
The Tulsi plant is a shrub of great medicinal value it is also called BASIL. It’s qualities are described as "Sharp in taste, with a trace of bitterness, easily digestible, hot, dry, destroyer of phlegm (Kapha) and gas or wind (Vayu or vata), promoting appetite and digestion, fragrant, and destroyer of worms and bad odours". Tulsi plant in one’s courtyard is considered an essential step towards religious as well as physical well being. Its use is beneficial in cases of loss of appetite, colds and laboured breathing, and highly effective against coughs, pains and nausea. Results are obtained in the treatment of colds by administering the juices of Tulsi and Ginger with honey thrice a day. The juice of the darker variety of Tulsi (Shyama Tulsi) mixed with honey is a remedy for coughs. Chewing 23 Tulsi leaves a day is advised in case of bad breath.
Tulsi helps not only in curing physical ailments such as fever, coughs, cold, etc., but also in promoting purity, sanctity and faith.
We know of only two varieties of Tulsi: Ram Tulsi and Shyama Tulsi. The leaves of Ram Tulsi are rather lighter in colour, which has earned it the appellation of ‘Gori’, the fair one. Shyama or Krishna Tulsi is rather darker in colour and is more effective as destroyer of kapha (phlegm). It is ‘KRISHNA’ Tulsi that is generally preferred for medical uses.
Malaria spreads through mosquito bites. Tulsi repel mosquitoes and chewing a few of its leaves destroys the poisons that are responsible for malaria.
Tulsi is sharp bitter, hot, it benefits the heart, stimulates appetite, causes a burning sensation and increases the secretion of bile, and the formation of the semen.
Tulsi is hot in initial stages and dry in the later stages. It stimulates the activity of the brain, reduces swellings, destroys gas, relieves congestion in the heart and stimulates the appetite.
People suffering from acidity benefit by adding Tulsi to curds, and butter milk. Tulsi is too hot for women, but the adverse effects of this quality of Tulsi can be reduced by taking only 2 (two) Tulsi mashed leaves with one glass of buttermilk or 2 to 4 gms of curds, tulsi juice maintains the digestive efficiency of the stomach and promotes appetite. Tulsi quickly reduces blood cholesterol to normal levels. Daily use of Tulsi removes acidity, cures dysentery, colitis etc., and is very beneficial in muscular pain, colds, leucoderma, obesity, headaches, etc., if one takes Tulsi seeds daily with betel leaves, the amount of blood and semen will increase and impotence will be cured.
If eleven Tulsi leaves are taken with four black pepper seeds, malaria, periodic fever and all other ailments will be cured. Elderly people who have been taking Tulsi regularly do not experience the weakness that is generally associated with old age. One the contrary, they are full of energy and enthusiasm, and possess considerably greater powers of resistance to diseases.
Tulsi based medicines should normally be taken only once in a day in the early mornings on an empty stomach.
DISEASES OF WOMEN
If the menstrual flow is excessive, causing dizziness, Tulsi juice mixed with honey will give quick relief.
DISEASES OF CHILDREN
If a baby is given Tulsi juice regularly before teething, it will cut its teeth easily without any of the usual teething troubles.
5 grams each of Tulsi leaf juice, ajawan seeds and turmeric are ground to a very fine paste in a mortar, twenty five grammes of honey is added, mixed well and the mixture stored in a glass container. Thirty to sixty drops of this mixture administered two to three times a day to a child suffering from a cold or cough proves greatly beneficial.
Letting the baby lick a mixture of Tulsi juice and honey will bring relief in cough and sore throat.
Massaging the gums with Tulsi leaf juice mixed the honey will help the baby cut its teeth easily, without the usual troubles associated with teething.
Warmed Tulsi juice will get rid of worms in the stomach of a child.
DISEASES OF THE HEART, FLANKS, HEART, FLANKS, HEAD AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS DISEASES.
If pains develop in the heart, chewing eight or ten leaves of Tulsi with two or three black pepper seeds will produce a magical effect. Regular daily ingestion of finely powdered dried Tulsi roots will cure disorders of the brain and the nerves.
Headache can be cured by drinking half a spoonful of Tulsi juice mixed with half a spoonful of lemon juice. The deposition of fats can be arrested by taking Tulsi juice mixed with honey regularly every day for some time.
Rubbing finely powdered dry Tulsi leaves on the face like Talcum powder makes it glow with beauty. This powder will also remove light and dark spots on the face.
Applying a thick paste formed by crushing and grinding dry Tulsi with a little pure water to the face opens up the pores of the skin. To conclude "A remedy for all disorders caused by vata (Vayu) is a formulation containing equal quantities of Tulsi juice, ghee prepared from Cow’s milk, and powdered black pepper. Regular use of this medicine cures nearly cures nearly all-acute diseases.
The medicine is so harmless there is no possibility of any adverse effect. It is in fact food rather than medicine.