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Ocimum tenuiflorum - Tulsi plant
Tulsi is a scared plant in Hindu belief. Hindus regarding it as an earthy manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, she is regarded as a great worshipper of the god Vishnu. The plant is cultivated for religious and medical purposes, and for its essential oil.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Ocimum tenuiflorum can be used in Food. Leaves are used in preparation of tea and seeds are eaten raw.
It contains Carvacrol, caryophyllene, eugenol, linalool, urosolic acid.
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)
Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)
Ocimum tenuiflorum Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-A (carotene), C; Eugenol, B-caryophyllene, Sesquiterpenes monoterpenes; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc.
|Simple||Opposite||Leaves 1.3- 3 x 0.6-2 cm, elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse at both ends, margin coarsely serrate, puberulous; petiole to 2 cm long, covered with reddish-purple hairs|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Bisexual||Raceme||Pink/white||4||Racemes to 11 cm long, generally simple, occasionally branched at base; pedicel c. 2 mm long. Flowering throughout the year|
|Nutlet||1.5 mm long||Ellipsoid, dark brown||Fruiting throughout the year|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Commonly seen growing in areas
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.120, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- Chemical constituents
- Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 284
- Ayurvedic preparations
- Cultivation details