Healing Power: The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
Fever & Common Cold: The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers over thousands of years. In India during the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. It has been known to brings down the fever.
Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.
Sore Throat: Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.
Holy Basil is known to have a strengthening effect on the kidney.