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Ocimum sanctum is the Latin name of Holy Basil or Tulsi. Tulsi is a sacred plant in Hinduism. It is indigenous to India and present in every Hindu home. Tulsi is a medicinal plant and used in Ayurveda for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments since time immemorial. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and expectorant properties.
In Homeopathy, the mother tincture of Tulsi is available as a Homeopathic remedy, Ocimum sanctum tincture in 2x, 3x, 6c potency. It clears the mind, stabilizes the blood sugar levels, and soothes the chest conditions.
Mother tincture refers to a simple combination of a botanical extract with a specific amount of alcohol. In general, a mother tincture contains the lowest possible potency of any particular homeopathic preparation
Common names of Ocimum sanctum: Holy Basil, Sacred Basil, Tulasi, Surasaa, Surasa, Bhuutaghni, Suravalli, Sulabhaa, Manjarikaa, Bahumanjari, Deva Tulasi, Nalla-Tulasi
- Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
- Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
- Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
- Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
- Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
- Subclass: Asteridae
- Order: Lamiales
- Family: Lamiaceae ⁄ Labiatae – Mint family
- Genus: Ocimum L. – basil
- Species: Ocimum tenuiflorum L. – holy basil
- Binomial name: Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum L.
Ocimum sanctum L. (Tulsi) is an erect, much-branched sub-shrub 30-60 cm tall, with simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented and hairy stems. Leaves have petiole and are ovate, up to 5 cm long, usually somewhat toothed. Flowers are purplish in elongate racemes in close whorls. Tulsi is native throughout the world tropics and widespread as a cultivated plant and an escaped weed. It is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes and for its essential oil.
Tulsi is an important symbol in many Hindu religious traditions, which link the plant with a Goddess figure. The name ‘Tulsi in Sanskrit means ‘the incomparable one’.
The presence of a Tulsi plant symbolizes the religious bent of a Hindu family. Tulsi, the Queen of herbs, the legendary ‘Incomparable one’ of India, is one of the holiest and most cherished of the many healing and health-giving herbs of the orient.
The sacred basil, Tulsi, is renowned for its religious and spiritual sanctity, as well as for its important role in the traditional Ayurvedic and Unani system of holistic health and herbal medicine of the East.
It is mentioned by Charaka in the Charaka Samhita; an Ayurvedic text. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen, balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of ‘elixir of life’ and believed to promote longevity. Tulsi extracts are used in Ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria.
Traditionally, O. sanctum L. is taken in many forms, as herbal tea, dried powder, or fresh leaf. For centuries, the dried leaves of Tulsi have been mixed with stored grains to repel insects.
The whole plant is used in preparation in remedy
It is given for clinical conditions like Asthma, cold, ophthalmia nenatorum (a clinical condition associated with severe inflammation of the eye or the conjunctiva or deeper structure of the eye) typhoid, complaints related to the worm, tonsillitis. It is a very useful remedy for remittent fever (Fever which alternately diminishes and after some time returns) associated with cold, cough, or diarrhea. It is a very important remedy for pneumonia and bronchitis. It can be given in children when there is remittent fever during dentition, diarrhea, or worm complaints.
Homeopathic Medicine Ocimum Sanctum MT
Homeopathic Medicine Ocimum Sanctum MT is indicated in the following conditions:
Fever with bone pain:
It is an excellent remedy for influenza and fevers associated with cough and diarrhea. There is pain all over the body. Pain is also felt in bones. There is soreness of the muscles with a severe headache.
Typhoid, intermittent fever:
It is beneficial for typhoid fever with a feeling of chilliness. Along with fever, the patient feels very much drowsy. There is intermittent fever which comes on in the afternoon with extreme chilliness, hands and feet become cold. There is the loss of sensation of feet. Feet are difficult to warm easily. The sensation of extreme heat and flashes of heat during the hot stage, burning in palms and soles relieved by a cool breeze and cold washing. In general, the patient feels better by cold water application.
Influenza, flu, catarrh:
It is a very good remedy for influenza. There is bleeding from the nose, nasal catarrh blockage of the nose with frequent sneezing, with white or yellow discharge from the nose.
It is a very good remedy for diarrhea and fever associated with cold, cough, bronchitis. It is very good for asthma where the patient sits bent forward and supports the head with the hands while the elbows rest on the knee, cannot lie quietly in bed. There is a pain in the chest while coughing or sneezing.
There are pain and sensitivity of the throat with difficulty in swallowing. Pain in the throat is seen while coughing. There is great hoarseness in the throat. It is a very good remedy for tonsillitis, with altered voice ulceration of the throat and mucus in the throat.
Forgetfulness, lack of focus:
Mentally the patient is very forgetful, he forgets to perform his usual duties. He do mistakes in every work. The patient is very sensitive and starts from sleep, does not like to lie in bed. There is a total lack of concentration. The patient is very weak and always feel drowsy, he falls asleep while answering.
Headache worsens by walking:
There is throbbing pain in the head, and the head feels heavy. He feels as if a nail is being driven in the head. This kind of pain is better by pressure, application of cold water, and by fanning the head, by covering the head. Pain is worse by walking.
There is the sensitivity of eyes with pain and there is the continuous flowing of tears from eyes. Sensation as if there is mist before the eyes when the patient is trying the eyes to fix on something.
Symptoms in Ear:
It is a very important remedy for pain in the ears due to nasal complaints, with offensive discharge from the ears. There is noise in the ears and loud sounds appear to be very painful.
There is a bitter and putrid taste in the mouth. It is a very good remedy for aphathe (small ulcers) in the mouth, because of which the entire tongue is bright red. Lips are dry and black as if burnt. It is a very good remedy for the bad smells from the mouth. Pain in teeth which is worse at night, on touch and from cold.
It is often seen in this remedy that there is distension of the abdomen. There is a feeling of heaviness. There is no relief despite frequent passages of stool. There is a pain in the stomach.
It is a very good remedy for diarrhea which is generally seen in the rainy season or in autumn. In this, there is a very copious stool and very offensive, watery, full of mucous at times stools or bloody, involuntary during high fever.
It is a very good remedy for involuntary urination in children with burning while passing urine. There is the frequent passing of urine in children.
In females, there is lochia (Vaginal discharge seen after delivery) which is terribly offensive, lasts long, and at times mixed with pus, blood, and mucus. Menses are irregular.
Dosage of Ocimum Sanctum MT
The dosage of Mother Tincture of Ocimum Sanctum is 20 drops to 2 ml, twice or thrice a day. The exact dose depends on diseases and intensity.