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Ethnobotany and the Sacred Divine Plant: Tulsi

Kumari Smita*
Department of Botany, J.N.College, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received :11th November 2018 ; Revised : 8th February 2019

Abstract :Ethno botany is the branch of Botany that studies the relationship of the plants with the people and the relevance of the plant in cultural practice, religious values and medicinal values for curing disease. Ocimum sanctum is most sacred plant in India, commonly found in most of the Hindu household due to its religious profile. No plant in any part of the world commands such respect. Commonly known Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum is a wonder herb due to its tremendous medicinal values. The chemical composition of Tulsi is highly complex and contains many nutrients and biological compound, makes it great medicinal herb used in India since time immemorial for curing and preventing disease.

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