This green leafy plant, also known as Ocimum sanctum and Tulsi is very important of our overall health and well-being.
From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions as follows:
1) Use its fresh flowers for bronchitis.
2) Use the leaves and seeds, with black pepper, for malaria.
3) Use the whole plant for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
4) Use the pill and ointment form for eczema.
5) Use an alcohol extract for stomach ulcers and eye diseases.
6) Use an essential oil made from the leaves for insect bites.
Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional value is also high, as it contains:
a) vitamin A and C
Always talk to your doctor or you can ask us as well before taking any such herbal supplements so precise dosage and prescription be confirmed.
IMPORTANT HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOLY BASIL ARE AS FOLLOWS -
A) Reduce stress and anxiety
All parts of the holy basil plant act as 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:
In the case of physical stress, holy basil is known to increase endurance in animals. Patients who had holy basil leaf extracts and went through environment-induced stress scenarios showed:
improved swimming time
less tissue damage
lower stress levels in loud environments
Apart from above, Human studies saw reduced:
According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to diazepam and antidepressant drugs. These studies examined the leaves. 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.
Ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking holy basil as tea using the leaves. 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.
But if the basil’s bitter and spicy flavor isn’t your cup of tea, a supplement in pill form or as an alcohol extract is available. There is less risk of contamination when taking an herb in natural form.
B) Stimulate and vitalize your body
Holy basil is also high in anti-oxidants and helps your body detox. Studies show that holy basil can protect your body against toxic chemicals. It may also prevent cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cells.
Protect against infection and treat wounds
Extracts made from its leaves are thought to boost wound healing speed and strength. Holy basil is:
analgesic (a painkiller)
Some people even use holy basil after surgery to heal and protect their wounds. Holy basil increases your wound’s breaking strength, healing time, and contraction. Breaking strength refers to how much pressure or weight a wound can take before it breaks.
Research shows that holy basil may work against infections and wounds, such as:
C) Lower your Blood Sugar
If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, all parts of the holy basil plant can help reduce your blood sugar. Animal and human trials have shown that holy basil can help prevent symptoms of diabetes such as:
hyperinsulinemia, or excess insulin in the blood
D) Lower your cholesterol
Since holy basil targets metabolic stress, it can also help with weight loss and cholesterol levels. Animal studies saw significant changes in rabbits’ fat molecules when they ate fresh holy basil leaves. They had lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) and higher “good” cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol).
One study found that the oil in holy basil (eugenol) lowers stress-induced cholesterol levels. There was a reduction of total cholesterol in the kidney, liver, or heart with and without diabetes after they ate holy basil leaf powder.
E) Ease Inflammation and Joint Pain
Imagine being able to tackle stress, anxiety, and inflammation with a relaxing cup of tea made with the leaves of holy basil. As an adaptogen with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, holy basil provides all of these benefits. It can even help people with arthritis or fibromyalgia.
F) Protect your stomach
Holy basil can counteract the effects of stress-induced ulcers. It naturally increases your stomach’s defence by:
decreasing stomach acid
increasing mucus secretion
increasing mucus cells
extending life of mucus cells
Many drugs for peptic ulcers have side effects and can cause discomfort in some people. Holy basil may be a preferred alternative. One animal study showed that 200 mg of holy basil extract reduced both the number and index of ulcers significantly in two-thirds of the patients.
ADDING HOLY BASIL TO YOUR SELF CARE AS FOLLOWS -
PLEASE DO MAKE SURE NOT TO TAKE HOLY BASIL IN ANY FORM ON SUNDAYS BECAUSE ITS GOT VERY HIGH RELIGIOUS VALUE AS WELL AND THUS TO BE BLESSED BY LORD KRISHNA PLEASE DONT TAKE TULSI ON EVERY SUNDAYS AND INSTEAD THE PLANT NEEDS TO BE WORSHIPED SO WE CAN RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS FROM ALMIGHTY.
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 taken in multiple doses throughout the day. All parts of the plant might be used in supplements and topical ointments.
Essential oil of holy basil is distilled from leaves and flowers of the plant.
You can also make holy basil tea using the leaves, flowers, 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.
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