Holy Basil, also commonly known as Tulsi is a very potent herb, known for its restorative results on the well-being of a person. In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used for thousands of years, making it one of the most important rejuvenating tonics. When used before meditation, it calms the mind and encourage a blissful state.
According to Ayurveda, holy basil has anti-depression properties, it promotes purity and lightness in the body, cleansing the respiratory tract of toxins, and relieving digestive gas and bloating.
As its name suggests, holy basil has a very important spiritual significance. Hindu considers the plants as an incarnation of the goddess Tulsi, thereby providing divine protection to the people keeping and taking good care of a living tulsi plant in their homes.
Holy basil and the Doshas: holy basil has astingent, pungent and bitter tastes, generating a warming influence on the body. It is mostly Kapha-reducing, but can be used to pacify Vata and Pitta.