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The Healing Power Of “Sacred Basil” Better Known As “Sulasi” In The Philippines

Sulasi is an erect and herbaceous branched plant. Stems and younger parts are covered with spreading hairs. Leaves are oblong-ovate with pointed or blunt tips, and somewhat toothed margins. Flowers are pink or purplish. Calyx at the time of flowering is about 3 millimeters long and somewhat larger in fruit; the two lower teeth are long-awned, the upper one broadly-oblong, and the lateral ones very broad. Corolla is very small, scarcely longer than the calyx. Nutlets are somewhat rounded or broadly oblong, slightly compressed and nearly smooth.

Distribution
– Found throughout the Philippines, in the same habitat as O. basilicum.
– Probably a native of the Old World.

Properties
– Considered to possess antifertility, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, galactagogue, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, antiemetic, antispasmodic, analgesic actions.
– Leaves are expectorant and stomachic.

Parts utilized
Rhizomes, leaves.

Uses
Edibility
In Malaya, leaves are eaten sparingly as salad., but not used for flavoring foods.

Folkloric
– In the Philippines, decoction of leaves used for aromatic baths.
– Decoction of roots and leaves used for gonorrhea; externally used for rheumatic pains and paralysis.
– Seed decoction used as demulcent.
– Dried plant in decoction used for croup, diarrhea, catarrh, bronchitis and diarrhea.
– Decoction of roots used as diaphoretic for malarial fevers.
– Leaf juice considered expectorant; used by Hindi physicians in catarrh and bronchitis.
– Leaf juice used for earache.
– Infusion of leaves used in malaria, and as stomachic in gastric affections in children and in hepatic affections.
– Fresh juice induces vomiting and expels worms.
– Mixed with honey, ginger and onion juice, used as expectorant for bronchitis and coughs.

– In Malaya, juice used externally in an imbrocation for rheumatism.
– In Java, used to increase milk secretion.
– In India, leaf juice traditionally used for cough, bronchitis, asthma, malaria, dysentery, stress situations, worm infestations, superficial fungal infections, and as diuretic.
Others
– Religion: It is the most sacred plant in Hindu religion.
– Insect repellent: In India and South Africa, plant is used as a mosquito repellent.

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Jeny Rose Rodriguez

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