Holy basil, which goes by the Latin name Ocimum sanctom and is also commonly known as tulsi, is native to India has been used for medicinal purposes for over 3,000 years. As the name implies, this plant has been worshipped and regarded as "holy" in traditional Indian households due to its powerful remedial effects on the body.
Some of the main health benefits of holy basil include stress relief, boosting the immune system, and it also contains antioxidant, antibiotic, germicidal, and fungicidal properties. Holy basil is a common treatment for fever as well as a variety of respiratory disorders including asthma, bronchitis, and chest congestion, and even has benefits for those with type 2 diabetes.
Holy basil is an adaptogen, which is a natural substance that supports mental balance, and it has also been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and depression, and increase energy and overall physical well-being. Holy basil is a good source of vitamins A and C which support the immune system. It is also a good source of calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll.
The antioxidant properties of holy basil provide a level of protection from disease-forming free radicals and toxic chemicals in the body. The antibiotic properties help the body fight a variety of infections such as fevers, and support overall oral health. Holy basil has been shown to increase insulin secretions in patients with type 2 diabetes and help regulate blood sugar.
The most common way to take holy basil is by seeping it into a tea. It is naturally caffeine-free and safe to drink on a regular basis. As with all supplements, consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any other medications, particularly those associated with ailments above. Stop use if you develop any sign of allergic reaction.
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