Tulsi is the family of basil. The Tulasi Wood is the most sacred of all wood in the Hindu tradition. Tulasi Bead worn around the neck indicate a devotee’s surrender to the Lord, and therefore a person wearing tulasi beads is dear to the Lord.
Tulasi is worshipped in Indian temples as a living goddess. One Hindu legend relates that Vishnu spawned Tulsi from the turbulent seas in order to help all mankind. The Thulasi Bead is worn permanently, for the beads protect one from bad dreams, accidents, attack by weapons and the servants of Yamaraja. Upon seeing the Tulasi-Bead, the Yamadutas feel like leaves scattered by the wind.
According to popular Indian belief, Wherever Tulsi is planted, the place becomes, holy as a place of pilgrimage and the Yamadutas of Lord Death dare not enter that place. According to scientists the place containing tulsi plant becomes pollution free. The oil of the leaves is capable of destroying bacteria and insects. The leaves have mercury traces and are hence nowadays used in cancer curing Ayurvedic medicines. The juice of the leaves cures bronchitis and stomach upsets. The leaves paste cure all skin diseases and the decoction of the leaves cures common cold, as per the ancient vedic texts. Tulsi Bead is also said to cure a person from high fever, diseases of mind and from the ailment caused by disorder of the wind within the system. Tulsi clears the aura. It helps to balance vata and kapha doshas. Saying the mantra on Tulsi increases the spiritual power of the prayer, increases devotion and spiritual growth. It protects and aids in the pursuit of Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion.