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Hi All,
I have a doubt regarding -"Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons" drops.- "http://www.amazon.in/Deltas-Pancha-Tulasi-Drops-15ml/dp/B00U8IEE74/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458291840&sr=8-1&keywords=tulsi+drops"

Note: Please forgive me for the Long post.

I usually give Cutie Tulsi leaves and branches to chew on whenever she is having any cold and cough and also if i see any type of sickness before the vet arrives(As vets are very rare in Mysore, india):cry: . And i have learnt a great lesson after losing tweeto(My Budgie:green budgie: )which died as vet arrived 4 hrs late and he could not feed Tweeto (he was not handtamed)Medicine :mad:

So, I wanted to know if rather than giving leaves and branches daily as she really gets messy:p can we Add 1 drop of "Deltas Pancha Tulasi Drops " in her water bowl available in Amazon and which i am taking everday .

Vet told that it can be given to her but still i want to confirm once from you all as i trust members of this group than the VET as they are not even Avian vet.

Ingredients of "Deltas Pancha Tulasi Drops ":
Ocimum sanctum (Tulasi), Ocimum basilicum (Van Tulasi), Ocimum grattissimum (Ram Tulasi), Ocimum canum (Shweta Tulasi), Ocimum citriodorum (Nimbu Tulasi)

It Prevents :(Usually benefits from the leaves of the plant)
Common cold, Viral flue, Sore throat, Running nose, recurrent cold, immunity boosting, Useful adjuvant in respiratory condition, adjuvant in digestion, adjuvant in skin conditions.

Any suggestions will be of great help :)
 

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Ocimum is also known as holy basil. All the claims about its effects are based on anecdote and tradition not objective evidence, so there's no proof that it actually does anything. There's some indication of antioxidant action, but you can get that from eating any vegetables and fruits. There's no indication that it does any harm either, but so little known is about it that it's recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid it. It's certainly not going to prevent anything caused by an airborne virus (which includes the common cold and the flu), because the only thing that could do that would be a vaccine designed to combat that particular virus.

http://www.drugs.com/npp/holy-basil.html
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-suppl...-1101-holy basil.aspx?activeingredientid=1101 (click on side effects)

IMO you're much better off to give fresh branches once in a while (not daily, since it's not known whether long term use is safe). There's a worldwide problem with commercial herbal remedies being contaminated or not containing the plant they're supposed to contain, so there's no way to know what's really in those drops. Putting stuff in the water isn't a good way to deliver medication or vitamins because you can't control the dosage. Fresh branches will at least provide some foraging fun and possibly some food value too.

There doesn't seem to be any evidence of toxicity from moderate use of the fresh leaves, but there are some toxicity issues with the essential oil, which is highly concentrated: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14971724 So if the drops you're talking about are essential oil, you should NOT feed the drops to your bird.
 

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Hi tielfan,
Thanks a lot. You are absolutely correct regarding contamination.
I will not give the drops to her. Instead i will provide her the fresh leaves once in a while:) which she can also play with
 
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