Holy Basil (Tulsi) which has been long used in Ayurvedic medicine and as a home remedy for treatment of colds, fever, coughs, and skin diseases, has now emerged as the best weapon to protect against the harmful effects of ageing, according to recent researches by the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester.

Although native to India, The Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) is commonly used for cooking purposes in the west, while in other parts of Asia it is used a rejuvenation drug to promote youthful state of physical and mental health. Ayurvedic medicine has been long using basil extract to treat several illnesses.

During their study, the pharmacy researchers noticed that the holy basil extract is effective in elimination of harmful molecules and safeguards against damages caused by few free radicals found in key organs such as the liver, heart and brain.

The lead researcher, Dr. Vaibhav Shinde, Poona College of Pharmacy, Maharashtra, India, studied the herb for its anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties. According to Dr. Shinde, the herb can be used as a youth-promoting substance in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. The herb also helps describe how it acts at a cellular level.