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Tulsi-The Elixir of Life

Tulsi

Hi Y’all!

So I am writing to you from Beautiful Guyana, my home country where I have been for the past few days. I thought it only fitting to post something relating to my history as I gave out to the palm trees and mango trees in my yard.

Being Guyanese opens me up to a world of rich culture and diversity. We ARE the land of six races (African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, European and of course our native people, the Amerindians) and so I have learned a lot about life from just living in Guyana. One of the most important things I learned growing up is how to heal naturally.

We didn’t depend on outside medicine or hospitals for many of our ailments, instead a family member or someone who knows someone (usually a bush doctor) would make up a quick remedy to help us out. As expected, it worked and is why it is still practiced to this day.

I want to talk about the Tulsi plant in this post because it is a highly revered plant to East Indians near and far. It is called Tulsi or Tulasi (Ocimumtenuiflorum) but is most commonly known in North America as Holy Basil. According to Hindu belief it is a sacred plant as it has been used for thousand of years in India to treat many ailments.

There exists many legends and folklore about Tulsi but my favorite (and probably because it is twisted) is that Tulsi was the incarnation of a princess who fell in love with Lord Krishna and so had a curse laid on her by his consort Radha.

The Tulsi plant is grown in or near almost every orthodox Hindu house. A person who waters and cares for the Tulsi daily is believed to have gain moksha (salvation) and divine blessings. Traditionally the daily worship and care of the plant is the responsibility of the women in the household as the plant is usually seen as a symbol of ideal wifehood and motherhood. Devotees would pray to the plant and offer chants as a method of worship.

Outside of religion and worship, the Tulsi plant is also used in Ayurveda for its divine healing properties. It has been mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic text “Charak Samhita” and believed to promote longevity. Some treatments that Tulsi is used for is as follows:

  1. Headaches- leaves are pounded and mixed with sandalwood paste and applied to forehead for relief from heat, headaches and to provide a general coolness to the body.
  2. Teeth- The leaves can be powdered and used to brush teeth or mixed with mustard oil to make a toothpaste. This paste is said to be used to massage gums and provide clean breath.
  3. Insect Bites-A paste of fresh roots is made and said to be effective in case of bites of insects and leeches.
  4. Stress- Tulsi leaves are regarded as anti-stress agents and people would chew leaves as a preventative to stress.
  5. Respiratory Disorder- A decoction of the leaves, honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the majestic Tulsi plant and hey even if you are not into gardening or the like, it seems like having a Tulsi plant in the home is a fortunate thing. I don’t know about you, but after being home and remembering all the home remedies and folklore, I am definitely looking to bringing a Tulsi plant home when I get back.

Until later, love and light

Uma xo

Posted on: September 26th, 2015 No Comments