Sanskrit name: Tulsi
Botanical name: Ocimum Basilicum
Habitat: Indigenous to India.
- Rasa (taste): pungent
- Virya (action): heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha
Tulasi, or Holy Basil is an herbal remedy used that has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurveda. Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to maintain healthy mucus levels. Its oil is rich in vitamin C, carotene, calcium and phosphorus.
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