Thulasi or Basil is a herb which cures many diseases and is also found commonly in many places of the world. In India, thulasi is considered holy and being worshipped in many houses. It is believed that if we keep and worship thulasi, ill-spirits won’t enter the house. Ours sins will vanish if we worship thulasi and do good deeds.
The thulasi theertham given in Perumal temples is considered holy and it cures many diseases. Of all the herbs used in the medicinal form of Ayurveda, thulasi finds an important place. There is evidence that thulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Thulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Thulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties.
The Hindu name for holy basil, Thulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds. It has traditionally been used to support immunity, stress response, and to support the body’s natural detoxification process. Bhagavatha Purana calls thulasi as “The queen of herbs”. Thulsi is viewed as a living gateway between heaven and earth, and regarded as the manifestation of the divine within the plant kingdom.
After knowing everything, we should worship and use thulasi as a medicine in our day-to-day life to achieve its benefits.