Tirupathi, has established that the TULSI Plant exhales Ozone, the molecules of which contain three atoms of oxygen in place of ordinary atmospheric oxygen which has only two atoms in each molecule. According to reports published by the Vallabhbhai Patel Vriksha Sansthan, Delhi, an oily substance found in TULSI actively destroys Tuberculosis bacilli. TULSI is said to contain about 27 minerals and is used extensively in the preparation of more than 300 Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic medicines.
It destroys disease-carrying germs and is used in the treatment of several ailments including Asthma, Tuberculosis, Leprosy etc. It also purifies blood and improves digestive system. Things exposed to the aroma of TULSI or placed near a TULSI Plant will not deteriorate or get spoiled quickly. A dead body too does not decay rapidly if placed among TULSI Plants. Perhaps the ritual of putting TULSI leaves in the mouth of a dying person or keeping a TULSI Plant near a dead body originated on the basis of this fact. There is also a tradition of placing TULSI leaves in foods and drinks that have to be stored during solar and lunar eclipses.
The bacteriocidal properties and electrical energy of the leaves protect the stored victuals from the adverse effects of the rays of the eclipsed luminaries. TULSI has a salutary effect not only on the body, but also on the thoughts, tendencies and inclinations of the mind. It is stated in the Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, that wherever the aroma of TULSI is carried by the wind, it purifies the atmosphere and frees all animals from all baser tendencies. TULSI helps not only in curing physical ailments but also in promoting purity, sanctity and spiritual progress. A TULSI Plant is sure to act as a centre for spreading positive and ennobling thoughts. In view A Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) at the doorstep of the house or in its vicinity keeps the atmosphere pure, supplies oxygen in greater quantities, ensures the health of its occupants and keeps it free from poisonous insects. The contribution of the TULSI Plant to the purification of polluted air is unrivalled. It possesses bacteriocidal properties. The emanations from TULSI Plants are in fact fatal to mosquitoes. Even snakes cannot tolerate the aroma of TULSI and keep away from it.