One of the oldest herbs known to mankind, Tulasi plant has earned nicknames like ‘the Queen of Herbs’ or ‘Holy Basil’.
Often found in most of the Indian households as it is considered sacred among Hindus. According to some beliefs, Tulasi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi on earth. She is worshipped every day for peace and prosperity. The practice of worshipping a Tulasi plant in the houses can date back to nearly 500 years. It is said that the Tulasi plant brings prosperity, peace and good health to the family members. Mentions about Tulasi plant is found in Bhagavat Gita and also in Vedic scriptures it is said that Lord Krishna accepts only food embellished with Tulasi leaves.
Tulasi plant has healing powers. It has wide variety of medicinal benefits and acts as a cure to various seasonal diseases such as common cold, flu and cough. Moreover, it helps in boosting the immune system.
Moreover, the sacred plant helps people eliminate Vastu Dosha, if any. The presence of Tulasi helps in warding off evil, bad omen and negativity.
Recommended guidelines as per Vastu shashtra:
- While the best place for the plant is in the east, you can also place it in the balcony or near the window in the north or the north-east direction.
- Ensure sufficient sunlight is available near the plant.
- Always keep the plant in odd numbers like one, three or five.
- Do not place things such as brooms, shoes or dustbins around the planter.
- Ensure that the area around the plant is neat and clean.
- Always place flowering plants near the plant.
- Avoid keeping a dry plant in the house as it attracts negative energies.
Maintaining a Tulasi plant:
Make sure you prune the plant regularly. Remove the dried leaves and keep it watered. Add organic fertilisers to keep it green and healthy.