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Holy Basil Herb

Holy Basil Herb

, by Natural Alternative, 1 min reading time

 

In the "Charaka Samhita" the consummate text on Ayurveda written around 1000 BC, Holy Basil is described as “the incomparable one” and is considered to be an incarnation of Tulasi or Vrindavani, a consort of Lord Vishnu. It is considered a symbol of fidelity and helpful in attaining spiritual enlightenment. It has been used to support a healthy response to stress, maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range, promote longevity, nourish the mind and elevate the spirit. Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) exhibits impressive adaptogenic activity. Helping the body adapt to stresses of various kinds, this plant has a normalizing, broad-spectrum action that maintain homeostasis.

What is Holy Basil Used For?
As a rasayana and adaptogen, Holy Basil maintains equilibrium among biochemicals associated with the stress system in the body. Ursolic, Rosmarinic acids and Eugenol have all shown antioxidant activity and support normal levels of inflammation. Further research is needed to fully determine the exact biochemical activity found in this plant.

Traditional Health Benefits of Holy Basil

  • Stress Support
  • Brain & Cognitive Support
  • Immune Support
  • Foundational Support
  • Glycemic Support
  • Digestive Support

Active Constituents of Holy Basil
essential oil (Eugenol, carvacol, linalool, caryophylline), and polyphenols (rosemarinic acid), triterpenes (ursolic acid) and flavonoids

Parts Used
Leaf

Important Precautions
Not to be used during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your doctor before use.

Disclaimer
This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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