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"The Incredible Health Benefits of Holy Basil: A Closer Look"

Sarah Bennett

2 min read

Mar 27

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Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum),

Holy Basil

also known as Tulsi, is a herb widely cultivated in India and other tropical regions of Asia due to its medicinal properties. This herb, used for centuries in traditional medicine, is believed to have several health benefits. Notably, Holy Basil is known for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a substance that helps the body cope with stress by balancing the body's physiological processes and promoting homeostasis. These adaptogenic properties are particularly beneficial for the heart, as they help reduce stress's impact on the cardiovascular system.


Its key Actions are:

  • Antispasmodic

  • Adaptogenic

  • Analgesic

  • Lowers blood sugar

  • Reduces fever

  • Anti-inflammatory



 

Holy Basil, Stress and Anxiety.


Holy Basil

Studies have shown the benefits of taking Holy Basil short-term to help improve anxiety levels and stress on the body and mind. These studies have explored the effects of Holy Basil on mood and cognitive function.


It states that one study involving [100 participants] over a period of [6 months] reported significant improvements in neurocognitive effects, regardless of variables such as age, gender, formulation, dose, or study quality. Moreover, another study demonstrated the positive impact of Holy Basil on mood. Specifically, this study, which involved [50 patients with psychosomatic problems] over a period of [3 months], reported reductions in stress-related symptoms. 



 

Lower your blood sugar.


If you are suffering from prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider incorporating holy basil into your diet. Animal and human studies have shown that this plant helps reduce symptoms of diabetes, including weight gain, excess insulin in the blood, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and hypertension. All parts of the holy basil plant can be beneficial in regulating blood sugar levels and improving overall health.


It is essential to consult your doctor before incorporating holy basil into your diet. If you are already consuming medications to regulate blood sugar levels, it is crucial to note that it may further lower your blood sugar levels.



 

Cup of Tea?


Holy Basil Tea

Are you a fan of tea? If you haven't tried it already, you should mix Holy Basil with black tea like English breakfast. Trust me, the flavours are a match made in heaven, and the aroma is simply irresistible. And if you're looking for an extra boost, try adding a bit of ashwagandha to the mix. It's a great way to stay focused and manage stress levels. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

To prepare holy basil tea, add 2-3 teaspoons of the herb or herb mix to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 5-6 minutes. The leaves of holy basil can also be used in cooking and are known for their spicy and bitter taste. If you're looking to incorporate holy basil into your diet, it's a great way to add flavour and promote good health.


The Study references can be found HERE.


Sarah B

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I'm Sarah, a blog writer who is passionate about sharing my spiritual learnings with others. Writing has been my creative outlet for the past year, and I find joy in exploring various spiritual topics.

 

My current journey of spiritual awakening has been my source of inspiration, and I hope to inspire others too.

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