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HOLY BASIL
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)
Last Updated: September 18th, 2015

The Queen of Herbs is the natural remedy for stress!

HOLY BASIL

Holy Basil is used as a natural way to ward off stress.

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is known for its diverse medicinal properties, most significant of which being its properties as an adaptogen. Adaptogenic herbs are used in stress reduction, as they help us to adapt to stressful situations more effectively. When stress is over, adaptogens also help to shut down the adrenals more quickly thus preventing adrenal fatigue and chronic inflammation.
Let’s step back for a minute to fully understand what high stress levels are doing to the body. Stress can elevate cortisol levels. Cortisol triggers the production of inflammatory COX-2 enzymes, the first step in a series of inflammatory processes. This cascade effect then influences blood sugar changes, which also increases metabolic inflammation, and the cycle continues. It is important to understand that although inflammation is necessary and useful in terms of healing and protecting the body, it can also be very damaging to the body, as well.

Almost every disease in the body begins with an inflammatory response. If the body cannot repair the damage and the inflammation becomes chronic, not only is the disease process exacerbated, but other problems like Atherosclerosis, Type II Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Crohn’s or Colitis and autoimmune disorders, such as SLE and Rheumatoid Arthritis are also more likely to develop.

Holy Basil is also often used a congestive. It has antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal and disinfectant properties making it very efficiently protects our body from all sorts of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Holy basil is useful for treating respiratory disorders including bronchitis, asthma, flu, cough and cold.

Holy Basil is an anti-inflammatory, immune tonic and an anti-diabetic, as well as an adaptogen. In terms of stress reduction and disease prevention, holy basil treats the root of the problem, as well as major disease processes that most often branch off, regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation. You can see now why it is also often called the Queen of herbs.

The dried leaves of Holy Basil can be powdered and used in capsule form or made into an alcohol extract or tincture. There is no known maximum dosage in terms of safety, although a typical dosage ranges anywhere from 300 mg to 2g/day. Although Holy Basil is considered safe and harmless, individuals already undergoing pharmaceutical intervention for high blood sugar or to prevent blood clotting should be careful of the additive effect that Holy basil has with these medications. It has not yet been determined safe in pregnancy or lactation.

Holy Basil – QUICK FACTS

PARTS USED

·  Dried leaves.

APPLICATIONS

· Stress, tension, Type II diabetes, inflammation, flu, bronchitis, and free radical damage.

OPTIMUM DOSAGE

·  300 mg – 2g/day

WORKS WELL WITH

·  Ashwaganda, Eleutherococcus, Licorice and Schisandra

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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· Use caution if already taking anti-coagulant or hypoglycemic medications.

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