Holy basil is a member of the mint family. It is closely related to the sweet basil, frequently used in cooking, holy basil has a much richer history. This plant, which is native to tropical Asia, is now found in most tropical parts of the world. It has only recently gained popularity in the United States although it has been grown in India for more than 3,000 years.
Also known as “Tulsi” or “The Incomparable One,” holy basil is one of the most sacred plants in India. In Hindu mythology, Tulsi symbolizes the goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu, who is one of the religion’s most important deities. The herb has been valued for centuries because of its benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant with demonstrated antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In Hindu alternative medicine, holy basil has been used to treat a variety of conditions – everything from the common cold to bronchitis to fever to certain digestive complaints, including ulcers.
The most Interesting data, suggests that holy basil possesses its greatest potential in the areas of stress relief and relaxation. And in the fast-paced world in which we live, these findings may prove to be extremely significant.
Holy basil functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs do not alter mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress.
Eugenol and caryophyllene are compounds present in many plants, including holy basil, and have long been used in essential oils because their fragrant scent is said to elevate both mood and spirit. Scientific studies have shown that eugenol, in particular, helps to combat stress and enhance mental clarity. Research has also shown that the triterpenoic acids isolated from holy basil effectively improve the body’s response to stress.
These key components of holy basil help the body respond to both physical and mental stressors, reducing the damaging effects that on-going stress can have on other aspects of health.
Stress is linked to many aspects of both physical and mental health. Over time, stress can negatively affect the health of the digestive, immune and nervous systems. While the underlying causes of stress must be examined before one can truly heal oneself, Holy basil, in particular, is an effective way to both prevent and combat the damaging effects of everyday stressors such as, memory booster, fever reduction, cough soothing, soothes bites cuts, and scrapes. Also, beneficial in headache treatment, increased kidney function, balanced emotional health, clearing acne, possible blood sugar regulation, may help with diabetes.
Properties: Adaptogenic (anti-stress), Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory.
Ways to use:
Diffuser: Combine Holy Basil and Rosemary in your Nebulizing diffuser to combat fatigue, reduce stress and improve mental focus.
Restful sleep: Blend holy basil with lavender in your Ultrasonic Nebulizer for a restful sleep.
Anxiety and stress: place a few drops of holy basil in your diffuser to fight off the everyday stress and anxiety attacks.
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