Tulsi, Queen of the Herbs
Help the voices of the plants be heard.
Help heal people, animals & the earth.
Help Tulsi's story be told.
For thousands of years Tulsi has lived in the courtyards of Hindu homes, receiving daily offerings of song, flowers and holy water. In return she purifies the air and gives her leaves for healing. In times past, such partnerships encouraged a reverence for plants, respect for our environment, and good health for people.
Today, cement, cars and computers isolate us from the natural world. Humans are no longer in daily communion with other living species. This separation from nature is at the root of unprecedented levels of suffering and disease for the poorest people.
To address this profound crisis we need to make a quantum leap into a world-view where we see ourselves as part of Nature, not apart from Nature. Tulsi, Queen of Herbs helps us to make that leap. The film draws us into the realm of a remarkable healing plant who captivates us with her story. It gives us a chance to hear the voices of the plants and of those people who haven’t forgotten how to listen to them.
Through Tulsi’s story, together with the stories of people she has inspired, we come to understand the particular solutions that she offers and the urgent necessity for establishing symbiotic relationships with plants.
Tulsi, Queen of Herbs tells the story of a remarkable healing plant, how she is inspiring a diverse group of people, and how the two are working together to restore ancient partnerships with plants and the health of individuals, communities and the planet.
Tulsi - ocimum sanctum or holy basil - is the supreme herb of Ayurvedic and Indian folk medicine, healing illnesses from coughs, colds and headaches to malaria, diabetes, heart disease and radiation sickness. She is worshipped daily in Hindu homes as an incarnation of the goddess.
The people working with Tulsi are herbalists, farmers, doctors, gypsies, vets, mothers, priests, and dancers in India, America, and England.
Kailash, a farmer once almost ruined by Monsanto's pesticides and seeds, is now a thriving organic Tulsi grower. Pratabi is a herbalist using Tulsi to treat communities suffering from industrial toxins. Dr Singh is an ayurvedic doctor researching the science of Tulsi’s phyto-chemical compounds. Sri Sharma is a Hindu priest working to reforest the sacred Tulsi groves of Vrindavan.
Tulsi is our heroine. With a poetic first person voice-over and dream-like interpretations of the Tulsi myths, the film tells Tulsi's story from her origins as a goddess at the beginning of time to the recent devastation of the green world. Today Tulsi is going forth from her native India inspiring people all over the world to work in partnerships with the plants. Tulsi has become an ambassador for the plant kingdom.
Dissolving the conventional boundaries between plants and people, Tulsi, Queen of Herbs draws us into the green world, giving us a rare understanding and feeling for our inter-connectedness and bringing about a deep transformation in our consciousness.
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