Botanical name : Ocimum sanctum Linn (White variety)
Family : Lamiaceae
Tulasi, Surasa, Svetatulasi.
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Holy basil, Sacred basil, White basil
Hindi : Tulsi
Malayalam : Tulasi, Velutta tulasi, Veluttatrittav.
An erect much branched undershrub, grows up to 1 m in height. Leaves are pale greenish in color, simple, opposite, elliptic, oblong, obtuse or acute, serrate, entire, pubescent on both sides. Petiole slender and hairy. Flwers purplish in elongate recemes. Fruits nutlets, smooth, not mucilaginous when wet.
Plant pacifies vitiated tridoshas, cough, asthma, bronchitis, fever, toxins, vomiting, lumbago, gastric distension, genito-urinary diseases, ringworm and skin diseases.
Useful part : Whole plant.