This spice has been used for thousands of years in ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. It balances different processes in the body. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a herb promoting longevity of life. Basilicum extracts are used in ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Traditionally, tulsi is taken in many forms: as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee. Regular intake of basilicum prevents many bacterial and viral infections.

Here are useful home remedies.

1. For skin diseases make juice from 7 to 8 pieces of fresh leaves and take it on empty stomach regularly. This will solve any skin problems.

2. Mixture of basil fresh leaves juice in 1 part and 4 parts of lemon juice applied over itching areas and black patches will remove this problem regularly and quickly.

3. If you have dandruff make juice from fresh leaves in sufficient quantity and appy over the hair for some period. It removes the itching sensation and prevents hair falling.

4. Basil is excellent remedy for chronic headaches (stress and seasonal). You have to crush 5 to 6 fresh leaves and make juice. 4 drops of this squeezed juice put in the nose for twice a day.

5. To improve memory take 4 to 5 fresh leaves of basil mixed with honey. Take it regularlly.

6. Juice made from 20 to 30 leaves along with wheatgrass juice, if taken on empty stomach helps in cancerous conditions.

7. 5 to 6 pieces of fresh leaves with lemon prepared as tea helps in cough and cold as it contains antiallergic properties.

8. Fresh basil leaves mixed with fresh ginger and boiled in 200 ml, taken twice a day reduces bronchial secretions. You can take care of bronchitis and nasal infection with this remedy.

In ayurveda basilicum is considered as a divine plant due to its extraordinary properties. So we need to understand that basilicum is not just a vegetable leaves, nor a wonderful medicine at home.

Dr. Suresh Swarnapuri