Benefits of growing Holy Basil (Tulasi) plant at home


Holy Basil commonly known as Tulasi is considered as the Queen of Herbs. The plant is considered sacred by Hindus and is worshiped mainly by the married women for a prosperous and blissful married life. If you are planning to grow a Tulasi plant in your home and want to know the benefits of having the plant at home, go through the article to know about it.

About the Tulasi plant

The botanical name of Holy Basil or Tulasi plant is Ocimum sanctum which belongs to Lamiaceae family. It is a typical tropical shrub which is widespread as a cultivated plant. The plant is considered very sacred by the Hindus and it is compulsorily grown in the house of every Hindu family in India. Tulasi has a great significance in the Hindu tradition and the plant is worshiped by the Indian married women in particular for a happy and prosperous married life. In fact, the house in Hindu families remains incomplete without this sacred plant. Holy Basil plant occupies a great place in the Hindu families and is given a godly status and is considered as one of the forms of Lakshmi - the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. The plant which is known as 'Queen of Herbs' has extremely beneficial potential values which makes it an amazing herb.

There are 3 varieties of these plant which include:
  1. Krishna Tulasi: this plant has dark purple stem with dark green leaves which are smaller in size.

  2. Vishnu Tulasi: This is also known as Lakshmi Tulasi and this plant has light green stem with light green leaves.

  3. Vana Tulasi: This is a wild variety of Holy Basil which grows wildly.

Spiritual significance of growing Holy Basil plant

As per the Hindu religion, the Holy Basil plant is considered as the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi - the wife of Lord Vishnu. According to the belief, Lord Vishnu is highly pleased when worshiped with a garland made of Tulasi or with the Tulasi Dalam - a small twig of Tulasi. In fact, performing an Archana - a special kind of worship - with Tulasi is considered very effective. And due to its special requirement in most of the Vaishnavite temples, the plant is cultivated and grown in the temple yards / gardens in order to meet the requirement. The Holy Basil plants are not only a part of the Hindu temples but these are grown and found almost in every household of the Hindu family.

The plant is also known by the name 'Brinda' and is considered dear to Lord Krishna. Keeping aside the spiritual significance of the plant, undoubtedly the plant is 'The Incomparable One' with its numerous health benefits like a potential adaptogen, antibacterial and anti viral agent, antioxidant, immuno modulator, anti depressant and lots more.

About the plant

Holy Basil is a perennial plant and is cultivated as a shrub which grows up to a height of 30-60 cm. It is an outdoor plant which needs ample of sunlight and water for its growth. The growth of the plant slows down in the summer season while the growth is maximum during the monsoon. The plant bears beautiful small violet flowers during spring. Due to its high holy and medicinal benefits, the plant is considered the 'Queen of Herbs'.

The botanical name of the plant is Ocimum sanctum and the plant belongs to the mint family. The leaves of Holy Basil look similar to those of mint. Mainly the plant is a native of tropical land.

Growing Tulsi plant in the courtyard / balcony

It is not an exaggeration to say that there is no Hindu who does not know about this plant. In fact, every Indian / Hindu is very much aware of the medicinal importance of Tulasi plant and the benefits of growing the plant in the courtyard of their house or in the balcony of their flats.

Usually, the Holy plant is grown in a raised square base with a square shaped pot like structure which is specially designed for planting Tulsi. It has a small inner space for placing diyas or the oil lit lamps. These days ready made Tulasi pots are available in the market which is easier to get and place in the balconies of a flat. Generally the pot is painted in yellow color with the traditional white and red dots round the pot.

You can either sow the seeds of Tulasi in the pot which later sprouts into a plant or you can directly get the saplings from the nurseries which you can transplant into the pot. Like every other garden plant, Tulsi too needs to be cared for its healthy growth. From time to time you need to enrich the soil in the pot with nutrients or manure to ensure the supply of nutrients to the plant. Water the plant regularly during summer season to avoid dryness of the plant which might lead to the death of the plant. However, the onset of monsoon season, avoid too much of watering as the plant receives sufficient water from rains. Place the potted plant in a place where there is sufficient sunlight to ensure proper growth of the plant.

As the plant grows wild during monsoon, keep pruning the plant from time to time to avoid the bushy growth of the plant. At the same time protect your Tulasi plant from pests and other sluggy creatures for which you can sprinkle turmeric water. You can even use powdered camphor to prevent the spread of pests which destroy the plant.

Essential health benefits of Tulasi

The leaves of the plant formed a part of Ayurvedic medicines since age old days and in the recent past the importance and health benefits of the plant is understood by the West as well. Thus the plant gained its popularity due to its high levels of medicinal / herbal values. Not only the leaves of the plant but even the stems of Tulsi plant has high medicinal values. Following are some of the essential benefits of the plant:
  • The leaves of Tulsi plant have been proven as a good tonic for the nerves.

  • The extract of boiled leaves acts as a preventive cure for common cold and fever. Gargling with the extract of boiled leaves helps in treating sore throat and cough. In fact Tulsi leaves are one of the home remedies for common cold during monsoon

  • So also a decoction made of Tulasi leaves, honey and ginger helps in relieving bronchitis, flu, common cold and seasonal cough. Even a decoction of Tulsi leaves, cloves and common salt makes good medicine for influenza.

  • Recent studies reveal that regular consumption of the juice made of Tulasi leaves and honey helps in removing stones from the kidneys.

  • Most important Tulasi is a very good medicine for reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood as it acts as a good purifier of blood.

  • Tulsi leaves are said to be one of the best anti-stress agents which help in fighting depression naturally
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  • Tulasi leaves when chewed raw helps in removing the bad breath and thus improves oral health by preventing many of the mouth infections and ulcers.

  • Crushed leaves of Tulasi are one of the effective remedies for all skin related diseases. When the crushed leaves are applied on the forehead, some times it helps in removing headache.

    Above all, applying the crushed Tulsi leaves in the site where there is insect sting / bite on the skin, it helps in relieving the person from pain by detoxifying.

  • In addition to all these wonderful medicinal values of Tulsi plant, recent studies have revealed that Tulsi has a wonderful property of detoxifying the fluorides from the water.

Conclusion

The high levels of medicinal values of this wonderful sacred plant have placed the plant at higher order and have given a divine touch to the plant. It is a tested fact that married women who regularly worship Tulsi plant potted in their courtyard or balcony, enjoy a long, blissful and happy married life. Due to the high medicinal value of this sacred plant, it spreads positive vibes in the surroundings.


Article by Kalyani
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at IndiaStudyChannel.com for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

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Comments

Author: K Mohan01 Oct 2014 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

I think there is no home in the South India without the Tulasi plant. It is the most easily nurtured plant and requires very little amount of fertile soil and that should be preferably red. I strongly suggest that Tulasi must be nurtured in a open place than in a mud pot. The plant requires huge place, as it has the tendency to develop horizontally.

Having Tulasi at home has many advantages. In Tamil it is called Pillai Vllappan , that means the leaves are highly required for the child to nurture. If a child is not having good digestion, or having vomiting sensation after taking mothers milk, tulasi water is given for digestion.

Likewise the bp and Sugar patients can chew the Tulasi leaves for their better health to keep the blood in thin form.

And Tulasi is considered most sacred as its leaves are used for Pooja purpose and also offered as Theertham in the temples. Tulasi mala is highly preferred to the God.

Guest Author: k s verma24 Oct 2015

I have kept a Tulsi plant in a pot kept outside my flat in a place where the Sun's rays are moderate and the plant keeps drying up. How to take care of it? Please advise.

Author: Partha K.10 Jan 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 7

Tulsi (Basil) is considered very sacred among Hindus. There are many mythological stories relating to Tulsi, which can be heard anywhere in India.

Tulsi (Basil) has remarkable medicinal properties, some of which are mentioned below:-
(a) Culinary use: Basil leave can be used in any non-vegetarian dish. It adds its own flavour in the curry.
(b) Indigestion: Basil helps in calming the stomach. Even the Italians are using basil in their food. Dried basil leaves in water help to sooth indigestion.
(c) Cough and cold: Basil leaves are being used for more than two thousand years to alleviate cough and cold.
(d) Treatment of headache: Facial steam with dried basil leaves help in reducing the headache.
(e) Basil has antibiotic properties. European scientists are engaged in researches on antibiotic properties of basil.
(f) Stings and bites: Applying basil leaves on stings and bites help relieving the pain and drawing out the venom to some extent.
(g) Ear infections: Basil oil can be used for ear infection for its anti-bacterial properties.
(h) Blood sugar level: Basil can help controlling blood sugar. Basil juice or Basil tea is required to be consumed regularly for this purpose.
(i) Stress reduction: Basil tea also helps in stress reduction.
(j) Basil plant is relatively easy to grow.

An excellent and useful write-up from the author. Thumbs-up!

Guest Author: Sunil16 Jun 2017

Can you tell me which type of Tulsi is considered for worship? Also, can we place wild/Rama Tulsi with Krishna Tulsi for worship?

Guest Author: bumkailashkumar19 Nov 2018

Thank you for sharing the benefits of growing Holy Basil plant at home and it's health benefits too. It was very informative.

Guest Author: Mukul Dutta04 Aug 2019

Is there any side effects in planting Tulsi at home without doing Tulsibibah in Kartik month? Is there any particular rule or will a simple daily puja on tulsi be sufficient?



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