Tulsi Basil- otherwise known as "Holy" Basil, is synonymous with prosperity. Why is this so?
Sometimes plants and herbs and flowers are associated with prosperity and abundance purely because of their abundant properties- they grow and flower abundantly. Thus we use them in prosperity rituals because they remind us of the abundant nature of the universe- and remind us that our true nature is abundance.
However, there is more to the story than this with Tulsi Basil.
There are a number of versions of the story (you can read them here) and sometimes Tulsi is referred to as the avatar of the Goddess Lakshmi (who is the Goddess of Prosperity) and others as a separate Goddess.
Tulsi Basil is believed to be the plant devi (goddess) embodiment on earth of the Srimati Vrinda-devi (also known as Srimati Tulsi-devi). Thus, Tulsi is a sacred or holy plant.
When you take care of Tulsi Basil you are honouring the divine origins of the plant and encouraging spiritual prosperity.
Many Hindus around the world use the Tulsi Mantra in a ritualistic chanting to worship the Tulsi plant and thus Srimati Vrinda-devi. Households have a Tulsi basil plant and water and worship the plant at sunrise and sunset. Specific mantras are chanted whilst watering the plant.
By doing this they activate both the spiritual and healing properties of the plant and also they gain access to Krishna.
According to Krishna.com
"Tulasi has delicate purple and green leaves, flower tassels like miniature temple spires, and an arresting, sweet fragrance famous for attracting the minds of yogis to Krishna’s service.
Tulasi’s wood is carved into the japa beads on which devotees chant Krishna’s name. Devotees wear strands of Tulasi beads around their necks. Her leaves and flowers decorate the Deity of Krishna in the temple and are placed on food offered to Him. She has taken the form of a tree so that everyone, even the poorest person, can offer something wonderful to Krishna."
Health benefits of Tulsi Basil
Tulsi Basil can be used as a tea for medicinal benefits and has been called "liquid yoga", or it can be consumed in a salad. The essential oil can also be used in aromatherapy where it is used for fatigue and blockages in the ear, nose and throat region.
“Daily consumption of tulsi is said to…promote general health, wellbeing
and longevity and assist in dealing with the stresses of daily life…Considered as a potent adaptogen, tulsi has a unique combination of pharmacological actions that promote wellbeing and resilience.”
Prof Marc Cohen, RMIT University, MBBS (Hons), PhD, BMed Sc(Hons) from https://organicindia.com.au/
To learn more about other symbols of prosperity- and how to create your own Ritual of Prosperity, perhaps incorporating Tulsi Basil- join our Ritual of Prosperity.