Do you have someone in your life that you’d refer to as a “breath of fresh air”? You know the type …they walk in the room and everyone feels a little better, smiles a bit bigger, and the energy in the room changes for the better. I can think of a few people in my life who have this impact but I can also relate this feeling to my lifestyle choices I make with diet and exercise. Following a yoga class I feel calm but am energized for the day and after a healthy meal I feel satisfied and pleased with the clean fuel I’ve put into my body. The herbal supplements I choose have the same positive impact on my system and just as I have people or activities that serve as a breath of fresh air in my life, so too is Holy Basil for my energy, stress levels, and immune system. As an adaptogenic herb that supports whole body health, this shining star of Ayurvedic medicine can benefit you in a positive way as well. Take a look at why Kroeger Herb is including this dynamic and powerful herb in their Complete Concentrates line.
The Most Praised Ayurvedic Herb – Holy Basil
Ayurveda is the traditional therapeutic system of India and means “life knowledge” in Sanskrit. The life knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine combines herbs and practices to improve and maintain health with several of the herbs being adaptogenic, which support the system as a whole and provide benefits to the entire body. One of the most praised Ayurvedic herbs is Holy Basil, the “elixir of life”. What makes Holy Basil a standout among other herbs is that it enhances the body’s ability to cope with and minimize stress while increasing vitality and energy. As if those benefits weren’t enough in themselves, Holy Basil can also address hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. Also known as Tulsi or the “incomparable one” in Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is proving to be an incredible adaptogenic asset for overall good health.
Adaptogens work to increase your body’s own ability to fight off an illness before it sets in which is a direct contrast to modern drugs which “attack” specific disease symptoms after you’re sick. Holy Basil is especially helpful for people who are overloaded, overworked, and stressed but need to increase performance levels. Studies have shown that Holy Basil oil has incredible antioxidant properties (which may explain its effectiveness in reducing the damaging effects that stress has on the body). In addition, Holy Basil seems to influence the neurochemistry of the brain in a way similar to antidepressant medications but without the side effects or possible dependency that can occur. While having a positive impact on the brain, Holy Basil also promotes longevity and helps to balance hormones in the body.
The Holy Herb
Holy Basil is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and has been celebrated there for hundreds of years for its strong anti-tumoral properties and antioxidant effect to protect the body against free radicals and the havoc they can cause to the body, inside and out. As a cardioprotective medicine, Holy Basil promotes good heart health and proper circulation. Can you see now why it’s referred to as the “incomparable one”? Its beneficial properties do not end there. It’s an immunity booster, and preparations have been used to treat the common cold and ward off infection.
A sacred plant and a religious practice in which Hindus worship every morning and evening, Holy Basil is believed to be a manifestation of the goddess of wealth and a principle consort of Vishnu (that’s why it is sometimes referred to as Vaishnavi, or belonging to Vishnu). While tree worship is not uncommon in Hinduism, Holy Basil is regarded as the holiest of plants because it is the threshold between heaven and earth. Every part of the plant is considered sacred, even the soil in which it is planted.
Holy Basil is a Wonder for Stress & Skin Disorders
Holy Basil is used in Ayurveda medicine to treat numerous health disorders and is particularly helpful for reducing depression, stress, mental tension, emotional difficulties, anxiety as well as for the treatment of common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. For hundreds of years Indians have used it for skin disorders including blisters, rashes, insect bites, eczema, and psoriasis. It can also help to break up kidney stones, improve night blindness, regenerate tissues, and reduces inflammation on joints and bones.
As a great immune system support, Holy Basil is a natural immune-modulator; promotes healthy metabolism; helps with digestion and gastrointestinal problems; premature aging; reduces cell and tissue damage from harmful sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources; relieves inflammation from arthritis and other diseases; and helps fight infections. There are so many benefits for the system from adaptogens that taking a variety of them over time will provide a higher quality of life. Few herbs have gained such widespread recognition for their health giving properties as Holy Basil.
Please remember that with taking adaptogens, as with any herbal product, benefits won’t be seen overnight so approach their use with patience. The power in adaptogens is that you are supporting your entire body with the use of one herb and assisting your system in adapting to the changes in environment, mood, immune support, and so on. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t take the medicinal dose. Also don’t be afraid to experiment with adaptogens to find the herb that will work best for your system and your specific needs. We’ve shared posts about other adaptogenic wonders like Schizandra or Ashwaganda, and hope you’ll look into how you can address a range of complaints naturally. Learn more about adaptogens.