Tulsi and Skin Diseases
Tulsi has a very good purifying and antiseptic qualities to a greater extent. Because the strong smell of the volatile oil which is present in tulsi can destroy many kinds of micro organism. Tulsi leaves can also be used in the treatment of the stings of wasps, scorpions, etc. The use of Tulsi in the treatment of ringworm, itching, dark patches on the skin, acne and other skin diseases proves beneficial. Application of Tulsi juice on boils is beneficial and gives relief.
Equal amounts of the five parts (panchang) of the Tulsi plant are dried and powdered together. This powder has a purifying action on the blood. Regular use of this extract therefore prevents skin diseases. Application of a paste formed by grinding Tulsi leaves with lemon juice is an effective treatment for ringworm. Continued ingestion of powdered Tulsi roots and leaves with hot water cures all skin diseases including serious diseases like leprosy. Application of crushed Tulsi and neem leaves is invariably beneficial in all skin diseases.
The use of Tulsi in the treatment of all kinds of cuts, wounds and ulcers is highly beneficial. Quick relief is obtained by the application of a paste obtained by rubbing the woody stem of Tulsi on a flat stone, like sandalwood. If foul odours are emanating from a wound because of infestation with various organisms, the wound should be washed with a hot decoction of Tulsi, and a powder of dried Tulsi leaves should then be applied.
Pain due to burns is alleviated by applying equal quantities of Tulsi juice and coconut oil mixed well. Blisters and wounds caused by the burn will also heal quickly. Healing of wounds is hastened by sprinkling finely powdered alum and dry Tulsi leaves on them.
Tulsi leaves and roots prove beneficial in the treatment of almost all skin diseases because of their powerful antiseptic properties. Grind 200 to 250 grams of Tulsi leaves with water, and squeeze out the juice by pressing them. Boil 250 grams of this liquid with 250 grams of seasame seed oil. When all the water has been boiled off, strain the oil and store it in a glass bottle. Massage with this oil cures a large variety of skin diseases, including itching.
Ringworm can be cured by applying a paste formed by grinding Tulsi leaves and leaves of the lemon tree with curds.
Loss or greying of hair at an early age is the result of a kind of skin disease. Treatment consists of rubbing the skin of the head vigorously with Tulsi leaves and powdered anvias (Indian gooseberry fruits). If this is done regularly every day, the roots of the hair become strengthened, hair begins to grow more profusely, and becomes black, smooth and soft. Rubbing with Tulsi leaves over itching parts brings quick relief.
Application of Tulsi leaves ground with red clay is an effective remedy for ringworm. A festering wound exuding pus and blood will stop oozing and begin to heal if a paste of ground Tulsi leaves is applied. Treatment of a wound with a powder consisting of equal parts of Tulsi and camphor destroys the microorganisms infesting it.
Micro-organisms infesting a wound can also be destroyed by filling the wound with a powder obtained by grinding dry twigs of Tulsi and betel leaves together.
Leprosy patients are benefited by drinking the juice of tulsi leaves to which white (refined) sugar has been added. Itching can be soothed by taking Tulsi juice with powdered majuphal, and applying a mixture of Tulsi and lemon juices. The type of leprosy described as ‘gajakarna’ leprosy can be successfully treated by applying a well-stirred homogenized mixture of ghee, lime, Tulsi juice and betel leaf juice. Drinking the juice of the leaves of Ram Tulsi regularly proves beneficial in serious diseases like leprosy, if the treatment is continued for the period of about a year.
Rubbing Tulsi juice over the affected parts cures ringworm, eczema and other skin diseases. Rubbing clay adhering to Tulsi roots all over the body, taking a bath after a short interval of time, and wiping the body with a clean wet cloth cures all skin diseases. This procedure also protects people in good health from risk of skin diseases.
Dressing a wound with a warm paste of ground Tulsi seeds heals the wound, and the concomitant swelling with discoloration also subsides. The pain in the initial stages of measles, chicken pox and small pox is alleviated by drinking the extract of Van Tulsi. If blisters caused by poisons are washed with a hot extract of Tulsi leaves, the poison will be extracted and washed away.
Organisms infesting wounds are destroyed by sprinkling finely powdered dry Tulsi leaves on and around the wound. The juice of fresh Tulsi leaves can also be used in place of powdered dry leaves in the above treatment. Itching and eczema can be cured by applying a paste obtained by grinding the leaves of a Tulsi plant in lemon juice.