Thulasi, The Sacred Plant
Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi herself has taken the form of Thulasi plant. All the parts of the plant such as leaves, flowers, stem, roots are considered as sacred. Thulasi plant is believed to be the favorite of God Vishnu. It is widely used for making garlands for deities and in poojas. It is auspicious to plant Thulasi infront (East side) of your home. Every morning you should water the plant and circle it before plucking leaves and flowers. During Evenings you must light lamps before it. This will bring prosperity to your home by Lord Vishnu’s grace. If one is keeping a fast one should drink water with leaves of Thulasi in it. Thulasi malas are used in prayers. A dying man is given water with thulasi .A Thulasi plant in your courtyard purifies the surroundings.
In the Ayurvedic medicines Thulasi plant is an essential ingredient. The use of thulasi in ayurvedic preparations enhanced their medicinal value. All over India it is used commonly in households to treat various types of cold, eye and skin infections. It helps to relieve stress and purifies blood. Biologists have confirmed the antifungal, antiviral, anti bacterial, antiseptic, anti oxidant properties of the plant.
This shrub is easy to plant and cultivate. Most popular varieties are one with green leaves(Ram Thulasi)and other with purple leaves (Krishna Thulasi).The plant is also in other plants of the world like Greece, France and Italy. It is also used in cooking in various countries.