Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ocimum basilicum

Botanical name : Ocimum basilicum Linn.
Family : Lamiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Barbari, Arjaka, Sitarjaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Sweet basil
Hindi : Babul, Babuyitulsi
Malayalam : Ramatulasi, Ramathulasi

Distribution – Cultivated throughout India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An aromatic much branching perennial herb grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves simple, opposite, acute, toothed; flowers white in simple racemes; fruits nutlets.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, inflammation, cardiac debility, pruritus, skin diseases, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and general weakness.
Useful part : Root, Leaves.

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