The Ayurvedic properties of tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) are heating and pungent, making it best for kapha reducing effects and also balancing for vata. Though its heating nature can aggravate pitta in excess, tulsi has been shown to support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response (1), making it beneficial for all three doshas.
Tulsi, translated as “the incomparable one”, has a long list of home remedies for which it has been used for centuries, making it a panacea of sorts. As it graced the entrance of homes in India, it provided both a physical and metaphysical cleansing effect. It is traditionally known to be an air purifier, removing unwanted toxins from the air, and providing life-giving oxygen in exchange. It is also said to have repellant activity, keeping mosquitos and other bugs away from the home. Continue Reading