Holy Basil

“Queen of Herbs” 1296x728_Holy_Basil Fresh Cup of Holy Basil TeaTulsi, another name for holy basil, has a rich history dating back to ancient eastern uses 3,000 years ago. Mentioned in the Rig Veda around 1500 B.C., the sacredness of holy basil was celebrated in the Purana and is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic medicine originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. It’s a holistic approach to health and medicine that focuses on diet, detox, and herbs to balance the body. It’s suspected that tulsi is native to tropical Asia, although it now grows in many tropical climates across the globe. Historically used in these areas as medicine because of its widespread healing power, holy basil leaves are now regarded by most countries as adaptogen herbs (anti-stress agents) and have been used widely to promote health throughout the entire body. Holy Basil Benefits Today, holy basil is consumed mostly in supplement form or as tulsi tea and is used to treat: Anxiety Adrenal fatigue Hypothyroidism Acne Blood sugar Now let’s jump into the research to see how effective holy basil really is. Acne Widely used for skin care, a team of researchers from Thailand conducted a study to determine the efficacy of holy basil essential oils against bacteria that cause acne. Essentially testing its antimicrobial capability, they discovered that a 3 percent concentration of holy basil oil is most effective against bacteria that cause acne. Interestingly, it was also noted that the primary compound of holy basil oil is eugenol, the active ingredient in the powerful antimicrobial clove oil. One of clove oil’s uses and benefits is it’s widely believed to cure many skin disorders. When implementing tulsi for natural acne treatment, consider using unrefined virgin coconut oil as a carrier because when melted, it’s more viscous and absorbs into the skin better than other oils. Cancer The journal Nutrition and Cancer published a fantastic review outlining the influx of research substantiating tulsi’s cancer-killing prowess that we have seen the past several years. This is the breakdown: Holy basil possesses significant anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that protect against fever, pain, stress and protect vital organs like the liver. Consequently, people who regularly consume tulsi are less likely to be immune-compromised and are less susceptible to developing cancer cells. The phytochemicals in tulsi prevent chemical-induced skin, liver, oral and lung cancers because they increase antioxidant activity, alter healthy gene expressions, induce cancer cell death, prevent blood vessel growth contributing to cell growth and stop metastasis. The extracts of tulsi protects against radiation-induced sickness and mortality and selectively protect the normal tissues against the destructive effects of radiation. Additionally, it prevents radiation-induced DNA damage, which highlights holy basil’s widespread ability to promote healing. It’s actually remarkable to consider that one plant has been proven to not only kill cancer, but it prevents it and even protects the body from dangerous cancer treatments — making it a natural cancer treatment. Diabetes Since the mid-1990s, tulsi’s ability to control blood glucose and operate as a natural diabetes remedy has been widely known. For instance, to test its ability to manage and reverse diabetes, researchers from Azad University of Agriculture and Technology (India) evaluated the effects holy basil leaves had on rats. Compared to a control group, the group administered holy basil experienced some amazing results. Not only did fasting glucose fall by 21 mm/dl, post-meal glucose fell by 15.8 mm/dl, which represented reductions of 17.6 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively. Fascinatingly, cholesterol levels were decreased during the treatment as well! Six years later, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study proving that the extract of holy basil leaves were found to decrease glucose by more than 36 percent in normal rats and by 18 percent in diabetes-induced rats. These results continue to hold true during the test of time. Just two years ago, an article published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences confirmed the ability of tulsi to balance blood sugar. Reduce stress and anxiety - Balances Cortisol and Hormones Holy basil is considered an adaptogen. An adaptogen is natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance. The concept of an adaptogen is a holistic approach. But scientific research shows that holy basil has pharmacological properties to help your mind cope with many types of stress. The source of your stress can be: chemical physical infectious emotional

In the case of physical stress, holy basil is known to increase endurance in animals. Animals who had holy basil leaf extracts and went through environment induced-stress scenarios showed:

enhanced metabolism improved swimming time less tissue damage lower stress levels in loud environments

Human and animal studies saw reduced:

stress sexual problems sleep problems forgetfulness exhaustion

According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to diazepam and antidepressant drugs. One study found that people who took 500 milligrams (mg) of holy basil extract each day felt less anxious, stressed, and depressed. People also felt more social.

Queen Of Herbs

Tulsi, also known as the sacred basil, is India’s “Queen of Herbs,” “The Incomparable One,” and “Mother Medicine of Nature.” Many refer to it as the “elixir of life” because it’s said to promote well-being and longevity. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking holy basil as tea. And since it’s caffeine-free, it’s okay and even recommended to drink daily. The act of drinking tea can be ritualistic and as calming as yoga. It fosters clear thoughts, relaxation, and a sense of well-being.

In addition to managing diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels, an article published in the journal Die Pharmazie (German for “The Pharmacy”) describes that the hypoglycemic effects of holy basil is possibly due to its ability to regulate serum cortisol levels. Oftentimes ignored, the “stress hormone,” as it’s commonly referred to, is responsible for an alarming number of diabetes mellitus cases throughout the world. Its far-reaching effects on the body can play havoc on learning, memory, lowered immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart disease. Elevated cortisol levels are so dangerous that Psychology Today refers to cortisol as “Public Enemy #1”! Another benefit from lower cortisol is supplementing with holy basil has been found to reduce anxiety and emotional stress.

Holy Basil Uses - Adding holy basil to your diet

Supplements of holy basil extract are available in pill or capsule form. The suggested dosage ranges from 300 mg to 2,000 mg per day for general preventative purposes. When used as a treatment, the recommended dosage is 600 mg to 1,800 mg take in multiple doses throughout the day. You can also make holy basil tea using the leaves or dried leaf powder. The herb can also be used to make freshly brewed tea by placing 2-3 teaspoons of holy basil in a cup of boiling water and letting it steep for 5-6 minutes. The leaves are also commonly used in cooking, though some people eat the leaves raw. Holy basil tastes spicy and bitter. In using holy basil, I would recommend taking it in supplement form, or the way I personally consume it is by drinking one cup of tulsi tea at the end of day.

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