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Health and Holy Tulsi



Tulsi aid and Colds, Coughs, Other Respiratory Diseases


Common cold can be caused by exposure to cold winds or bathing in cold water while perspiring with exertion or heat, drinking cold water immediately after violent physical activity, exposure to cold surroundings sleeping in the open where the formation of dew can cause a sudden fall in temperature, etc.

Blockage or dripping of the nose, a bad taste in the mouth, loss of sensation of smell, headache, etc., are the chief symptoms of the condition.

One must seek the protection of Tulsi as soon as the symptoms of a cold such as dripping of the nose or secretion of phlegm are noticed. This will keep the disorder away and prevent it from worsening, because Tulsi has a wonderfully salubrious action on the nasal passage and the respiratory system.

Tulsi is the best remedy for dry cough as well as ordinary cough with secretion of phlegm. Four or five roasted cloves chewed with Tulsi leaves are beneficial in all types of coughs. And also, if you have a dry cough or your voice has become hoarse due to a sore throat, grind equal amounts of Tulsi leaves, poppy seeds and jethi madh (yashti madhu) together and take the mixture with an equal quantity of sugar in warm water.

Chest pains and coughs are relieved by drinking Tulsi juice with crystal sugar. Tea brewed with Tulsi leaves is a good remedy for fevers colds and muscular pains.

If you are suffering from chronic cold, drink a hot decoction of cloves, cinnamon, dry ginger, black pepper, peepar, Tulsi, cardamom, kakdashingi, fern (hansraaj), bankoosha and tamal patra every morning and evening.

Crush seven Tulsi leaves and five black pepper seeds to a fine paste and roll into pills. Take one pill every morning, noon and evening with water. Coughs and colds will be eradicated completely within a week.

Ingestion of 5 grams of Tulsi leaf juice mixed well with two powdered black pepper seeds and 5 grams of sugar will relieve stiffening of the chest muscles and will also cure chronic fever.

Drinking a decoction of ten grams of Tulsi leaves to which appropriate quantities of sugar and cow’s milk have been added, will prevent coughs and breathing difficulties caused by congestion of the chest. If the decoction is taken regularly, it will cure the complaints of this nature.

Regular ingestion of an extract prepared by boiling equal quantities of Tutsi leaves, dry ginger, the smaller variety of chitraphala, brahmadandi and kulthee in water in accordance with the prescribed procedure will cure cough and asthma. Hiccups and asthma can also be cured by taking an extract of equal quantities of Tulsi leaves and inflorescence with aged jaggery.

Smoking a bidi rolled from Tulsi leaves cures a fresh contracted cold.

Licking 10 grams of the juice of Barbari Tulsi leaves mixed with jaggery, powdered seeds of two cardamoms and some honey arrests the excessive secretion of phlegm.

For relief in an attack of asthma, prepare a decoction by boiling 5 grams of Tulsi inflorescences and 10 grams of dry ginger in water, allow it to cool, mix some honey with it, and drink it. Take such a decoction twice or thrice as necessary.

If there is pain in the ribs due to cold, apply a paste obtained by mixing 5 grams of powdered puskar seeds with 5 grams of Tulsi juice. An extract of 10 grams of Tulsi leaves will cure coughs, chest pains, colds, and allied disorders.

A mixture of 15 grams of Tulsi juice, 25 grams of pure honey and 5 grams of ginger juice, taken in doses of 25 to 60 drops, will cure coughs and fevers. A mixture of equal quantities of powdered Tulsi seeds and sugar is a good remedy for dry coughs and wheezing sounds in the chest.

If suffering from a headache, whether caused by a cold, excess of vata or migraine, take five grams of powdered Tulsi leaves with honey. The paste is to be licked (not swallowed with water). The paste is to be taken every morning and evening. Other measures that can be taken with advantage are applying a paste of crushed Tulsi leaves to the forehead and instilling two drops of the juice of Tulsi leaves into each of the nostrils.

Licking a mixture of Tulsi juice and honey relieves Soreness of the throat, colds, coughs, etc. Licking a paste obtained by crushing equal quantities of Tulsi inflorescences and ginger and mixing them with honey, three or four times a day relieves dry cough. Taking a paste obtained by crushing Tulsi leaves and four or live roasted cloves together will also prove beneficial in the treatment of coughs.

If phlegm has been secreted in excessive quantities, drinking a decoction of 5 grams each of Tulsi leaves naagar moth (musta) and dry ginger will rid the system of the excess phlegm.

Oil with medicinal properties can be obtained from Tulsi leaves, black pepper, dry ginger, peepar (piper longum) saindhav, dantimool, the roots of the bitter gourd creeper, drumstick seeds, etc. Instilling a few drops of this oil into the nostrils from time to time is beneficial.

Coughs are caused by exposure to cold air, drinking water immediately after the ingestion of fatty (oily) substances, drinking water while perspiring, etc. There are two kinds of coughs. In one, there is a feeling of irritation in the throat, but no expectoration of phlegm. This is dry cough. The other kind of cough is accompanied by expectoration of phlegm, as well as hoarseness of the voice, pain in the chest, headache, etc. Both kinds of coughs can be relieved by inhaling the vapours arising from Tulsi seeds being heated in a little ghee (clarified butter). Some warm milk must be taken after such inhalations.

A paste formed by grinding together Tulsi seeds, onions and ginger and mixing with honey, is beneficial in dry cough and infantile asthma. The paste is to be licked.

Regular ingestion of an extract of 10 grams each of Tulsi leaves, kulthee, brahmadandee, dry ginger and the smaller variety of chitraphala is beneficial. Tulsi possesses the property of destroying the phlegmatic humour. It therefore exhibits the greatest efficacy in the treatment of disorders of the respiratory system. Tulsi is included in all Ayurvedic formulations used for the treatment of asthma.

One of the remedies for asthma is prepared as follows :

Five grams each of the following ingredients are taken :
The panchang (five parts of the plant) of Tulsi, the yellow leaves of oak, aradoosa (bansa) leaves, bhang (cannabis) and cactus branch. These are ground together to a fine powder. A little sambhar rock salt is added. The mixture is placed in a small earthen pot. It is covered up completely with cloth and clay. Now the pot is heated for the duration of a prahar (about 3 hours) in a fire in which only the wood of wild forest trees is being burnt. The pot is then allowed to cool. It is then opened and the contents are ground well once again. The powder is then sieved and stored in a suitable container. Five grams of this powder are to be taken three times a day with honey for the treatment of asthma.

If phlegm has become too viscid and coughing cannot bring it up for expectoration, lick a paste formed by mixing the juices of Tulsi, onions and ginger with an equal quantity of pure honey.


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