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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)

15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)

The tulsi or holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshipped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Here're top fifteen medicinal uses of tulsi.

1. Healing Power: The tulsi plant has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.

2. Fever & Common Cold: The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a liter of water and mixed with sugar and milk brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between one can keep giving sips of cold water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down the temperature.

3. Coughs: Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.

4. Sore Throat: Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle.

5. Respiratory Disorder: The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. They should be boiled in half a liter of water till only half the water is left and add then taken.

6. Kidney Stone: Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.

7. Heart Disorder: Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol.

8. Children's Ailments: Common pediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhea and vomiting respond favorably to the juice of basil leaves. If pustules of chicken pox delay their appearance, basil leaves taken with saffron will hasten them.

9. Stress: Basil leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.

10. Mouth Infections: The leaves are quit effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.

11. Insect Bites: The herb is a prophylactic or preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. A teaspoonful of the juice of the leaves is taken and is repeated after a few hours. Fresh juice must also be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh roots is also effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.

12. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It has also been tried successfully by some naturopaths in the treatment of leucoderma.

13. Teeth Disorder: The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.

14. Headaches: Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

15. Eye Disorders: Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is generally caused by deficiency of vitamin A. Two drops of black basil juice are put into the eyes daily at bedtime.
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Labels: hindu science, hinduism
Friday, December 1, 2006
NanoTechnology Invented by Hindus 400 Years Ago

Indian steel for Muslim crusaders

Hamburg: The curved sabres used by Muslims against Christian knights in the crusades may have been deadly because Muslim blade-makers used a form of nanotechnology, the steel coming from India, say German experts.

The Damascus blades wielded by Muslim fighters, renowned for their exceptional strength, sharp cutting edge and beautiful banding pattern, are believed to have been made from small cakes of steel known as wootz produced in ancient India.

A sophisticated treatment was then applied to the steel, but the secrets of the technique were lost in the 18th century and European craftsmen were unable to replicate the process.

How medieval blacksmiths overcame the inherent brittleness of the material to create such a perfect finished product has remained a mystery to this day.

Now scientists are beginning to uncover the secrets of the Damascus sabre, and the results are surprising.

An investigation of the microstructure of one 17th century blade revealed evidence of carbon nanotubes - tiny cylinders of carbon with special properties.

Today, carbon nanotubes are at the cutting edge of nanotechnology, the science that focuses on controlling and exploiting the structure of matter on a scale below 100 nanometers.

Remnants of iron carbide "nanowires" were also found. These microscopically thin strands of extremely hard material may have been contained within the carbon nanotubes, and would have given the weapon its unusual strength and banding pattern.

"By empirically optimising their blade-treatment procedure, craftsmen ended up making nanotubes more than 400 years ago," said lead researcher Peter Paufler of the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.

The scientists believe that further study of the sabre's structure might make it possible to reproduce the long-forgotten recipe for Damascus steel.



The development of ancient Indian wootz
steel is reviewed. Wootz is the anglicized
version of ukku in the languages of the
states of Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh,
a term denoting steel. Literary accounts
suggest that the steel from the southern
part of the Indian suncontinent was exported
to Europe, China, the Arab world and the
Middle East. Though an ancient material,
wootz steel also fulfills the description
of an advanced material, since it is an
ultra-high carbon steel exhibiting properties
such as super-plasticity and high impact
hardness and held sway over a millennium
in three continents - a feat unlikely to
be surpassed by advanced materials of
the current era. Wootz deserves a place
in the annals of western science due to
the stimulus provided by the study of this
material in the 18th and 19th centuries to
modern metallurgical advances, not only in
the metallurgy of iron and steel, but also
to the development of physical metallurgy
in general and metallography in particular.
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