TRADITIONAL INDIAN HERBAL PLANT TULSI
Uncategorized Nov 08, 2020
Sacred Tulsi is an excellent shrub and known as “queen of herbs” belongs to the family of “Lamiaceae”. This plant has been cultivated for centuries in India for multiple uses. Tulsi plant is a very sacred plant and worshiped by many Indians. Most of the Indians grow these plants in their houses and worship this plant. This plant leaves are also used in the production of oil. The oil of the Tulsi plant has about 72% eugenol and is comparable to clove oil. Eugenol is mainly used in cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals. This plant leaves are also used to make “Tulsi tea”. This plant also has many medicinal properties which made this plant popular. The parts of Tulsi generally used are its leaves, seeds & dried roots. This plant is being used in Ayurvedic medicines. Commercial/Organic cultivation of basil crop is picking up in India on a very large scale
HEALTH BENIFITS OF TULSI
- Tulsi may cure fever, cold, cough & sore throat.
- Some of the health benefits of Tulsi plants are as follows.
- Tulsi may cure fever, cold, cough & sore throat.
- Tulsi may beat stress.
- Tulsi may dissolve kidney stones.
- Tulsi may protect the heart.
- Tulsi may beat cancer.
- Tulsi may help in quitting smoking.
- Tulsi may reduce blood sugar levels.
- Tulsi may keep skin & hair healthy.
- Tulsi may help in respiratory disorders.
- Tulsi may cure a headache.
MAIN VARIETIES OF TULSI
Currently, the Purple type also called “Krishna Tulsi” & Green type also called “Sri Tulsi” are under commercial cultivation.
THE CLIMATE REQUIRED FOR TULSI
Tulsi plants can be grown in a wide variety of climates including tropical and subtropical conditions. Long days with high temperatures are best for its growth and good oil content. However, It also thrives under partially shaded conditions but with low oil content.
Pot size: Seeds can be directly sown in regular 8 inch round pot.
SOIL REQUIREMENT FOR TULSI
The Tulsi plant is a hardy plant and can be grown on a wide range of soils. However rich sandy loam soils with good internal drainage are ideal for its cultivation. Avoid highly alkaline, saline and waterlogged soils. Well-drained soils with good organic matter will result in good vegetative growth of the plant. Soil pH of 5.5 – 7.0 is ideal for better yield of Tulsi.
HOW TO CARE AND MAINTAIN TULSI PLANT
Your Tulsi plant has to be watered when the soil’s top layer will become dry. You will have to check your plant a minimum of two times a week to check if it has to be watered. If the soil’s top is dry, you will have to water it.
The number of times you have to water the Tulsi plant will change based on the climatic conditions and temperature.
The Tulsi plant has to be fertilized at least one time in a month. You can make use of liquid fertilizer or an organic compost like manure for the maintenance of nutrients in the soil. An application of cow manure once a month will help your plant to survive.
The tops of Tulsi have to be pruned on a weekly basis for the encouragement of its growth. Once your Tulsi plant will have three sets of leaves on a single stem, one set of leaves on the top of the stem, and the remaining two sets of leaves on the sides of the stem, you can start pruning. The top set of Tulsi leaves have to be removed, these will be located just above the other two leaves sets.
PRUNING OF TULSI PLANT
Will help it to grow quickly and give rise to branches that are full. Your Tulsi can be transplanted once it has outgrown its pot. As soon as you notice the roots to grow out of the drainage holes which are present at the bottom of the pot, it is the best time for transferring the plant to a pot which is larger. Based on the size of the pot in which you started the Tulsi plant, you may be required to do this at least two times. Always remember that the Tulsi plant will be growing up to a length of 3 feet, so make sure that you are planning for this when you are transferring wither into a pot that is larger or to the outdoor locations. You will sometimes see Tulsi leaves falling off and start turning yellow in color. This is an indication of deficiency of nutrients you can also transfer Tulsi to the outdoor locations in a secure way about 6 to 8 weeks after the plantation is done. Always make sure that there is no risk of frost present and also the temperatures are at a minimum of 21°C.
TULSI USED AS TRADITIONAL INDIAN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE:
According to Organic India, an organization dedicated to organic agriculture and sustainable development, one of the qualities that make the Tulsi plant such a potent medicinal herb is its ability to reduce stress. Tulsi is abundant in essential oils and antioxidants, which are tremendously effective in reducing the effect of stress. On the body. Tulsi has got diverse healing properties. Though traditionally used by Hindus or Indians now others are using it to recognizing its immense therapeutic properties. It balances different processes in the body and is of great help in stress management. The extracts of Tulsi have been used in the traditional Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is also used in the Unani system of medicine. Ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, infections, heart disease, poisoning, cataracts, and malaria make use of the Tulsi. The Tulsi acts on the nervous system and strengthens it. It strengthens the heart. It acts as an appetizer and promotes digestion too. It facilitates the secretion of digestive enzymes and prevents flatulence. Having detoxifying properties the Tulsi purifies the blood of any toxins that might be present in it. Studies have also shown the Tulsi to be effective in reducing blood sugar levels.