Indigo Herbs has a wide range of very high quality Ayurvedic ingredients all of which contribute to keeping the body healthy through preventative measures. One of the most highly regarded of these ingredients is the incomparable Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant. We have acquired premium quality Organic Tulsi Powder, Organic Tulsi Tincture and Organic Tulsi Leaf Tea to compliment your Ayurvedic ingredient range and hope that you’ll benefit from this divine herb as much as those who view it as the pinnacle of Ayurveda.
So why is the Tulsi plant so important in Ayurvedic medicine? Where as many of the ingredients used in Ayurveda have significance within Hinduism, and mirror qualities that are also held by Gods and Goddesses, Tulsi is believed to be the actual incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of abundance). The goddess Lakshmi is one of the ‘Trishakti’ (the three major energies that bind material existence) and also the consort of Lord Vishnu (the supreme soul and consciousness). There are many mythologies that tell of how Lakshmi became incarnated as the Tulsi plant from a curse issued by the Goddess Saraswati. It was through this curse that Lakshmi was then able to help mankind in the form of a plant. Many devoted Vaishnavite (those who are devoted to Lord Vishnu/Krishna) households have Tulsi plants and trees outside their houses as a ward to any negative energy or people that might come near. Every part of the Tulsi plant has significance and is used in many religious and esoteric rituals throughout India.
Tulsi or Holy Basil is an aromatic member of the Lamiaceae family and originated in and around India. It is considered a small shrub, heavily branched and growing to an overall height of about one meter. Tulsi has opposite green/purple leaves which are strongly scented and small purple flowers that grow from the tips of the plant in spears. Tulsi is given a place of prominence in many Indian gardens and is also used heavily in cooking.