HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOLY BASIL
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOLY BASIL
Holy basil, popularly known as Tulsi, is a revered plant in India. Not only is tulsi a sacred plant in Hinduism, tulsi has long been used for its exceptional health promoting properties.
For centuries, holy basil—known scientifically as Ocimum sanctum—has been popular in its native India and revered in the religious tradition of Hinduism. This herb has been the go-to remedy for all sorts of bodily conditions, as well as ailments of the mind and spirit, which is why it is considered so healing for those practicing Hindu, as it is representative of the natural trinity of healing: mind, spirit, and body.
The essential oils of tulsi, along with its array of phytochemicals, are commonly used for medicinal purposes. In fact, tulsi is considered one of the most effective herbs available to improve human health and longevity. Tulsi has been used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
TREATMENT OF A VARIETY OF SKIN CONDITIONS
The essential oils of tulsi have been used in many beauty products. Tulsi has commonly been used to cleanse the skin, reduce the instance of rashes and treat eczema. Tulsi has traditionally been used to treat and prevent acne and pimples.
IMPROVE GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH
Drinking the tea of holy basil is said to improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal system. Tulsi is said to improve digestion, prevent the formation of gas and treat constipation. Tulsi is also commonly prescribed to help treat acidity and heartburn.
REDUCE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Tulsi has traditionally been used to help lower total cholesterol levels. Tulsi is also beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancers, stroke, and arthritis. The reduction of many chronic conditions has been attributed to the antioxidant potential of tulsi.
PROMOTES LONGEVITY, NATURAL ANTISEPTIC AND PAINKILLER
Holy basil has long been called the “elixir of life.” Tulsi is believed to boost immunity and protect the body from the harmful effects of oxidative damage. Tulsi is often consumed to help boost the body’s natural defense mechanism against colds, flu and inflammations. Also, due to the presence of the compound eugenol, tulsi has long been recognized as a powerful painkiller. Tulsi has traditionally been used as a natural antiseptic. Tulsi has shown to prevent the proliferation of many bacteria, fungi and protozoa.
HELPS IMPROVE MEMORY
Holy basil is a holistic memory booster. Tulsi is said to help calm the body and relax the mind. Tulsi is often consumed to improve memory in the form of a natural medicine containing tulsi leaves, almonds and honey.
Tulsi is often prescribed to help treat stress and anxiety. Tulsi has been used for centuries to help alleviate and treat mental anguish, emotional tensions and depression.
HOLY BASIL: NATURAL REMEDY FOR STRESS
Being stressed out over work, family, bills, or social pressures, can make adhering to a normal and healthy diet more difficult. The mix of multi-tasking, constantly worrying, and trying to maintain your body with added stress and time constraints often implodes in a cloud of emotions. If you feel your stress level is about to implode, think about adding a little holy basil to your everyday life. Holy basil comes in liquid extract form (that can be dropped into water, tea, or juice) as well as liquid capsules for easier consumption.
Not only will holy basil reduce your stress level and help to calm those possibly- mploding emotions, this helpful herb will add to your immunity levels and protect you from other serious bodily complications in the future. An herbalist from Planetary Ayurvedics, Roy Upton, explains how stress influences your body in negative ways resulting in pain and general suffering, “Stress can elevate cortisol levels, which triggers the production of inflammatory COX-2 enzymes. This cascade effect then influences blood sugar changes and increases metabolic inflammation. Research has shown that ursolic acid and the triterpenoic acids, isolated from holy basil, effectively improve the body’s response to stress.”
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