Common name : Holy Basil, Tulsi तुलसी, sacred tulsi
Botanical Name : Ocimum tenuiflor
Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for “the incomparable one”, is most often regarded as a consort of Krishna in the form of Lakshmi. . There are two types of tulsi worshipped in Hinduism: “Rama tulsi” has light green leaves and is larger in size; “Krishnatulsi” has dark green leaves and is important for the worship of Hanuman. Tulsi is a sacred plant for Hindus and is worshipped as the avatar of godess Lakshmi & godess Sita.
Tulasi is used for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely used as a herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda, and has a place within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves.
In Ayurvede Holy Basil is assumed as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Today Holy Basil remains one of the most cherished sacred plants
Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home, often in special pots. Traditionally, tulsi is planted in the centre of the central courtyard of Hindu houses.
Tulsi is a plant that gives oxygen throughout the day and over the night.