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Holy Basil - A Superfood

Feb 12, 2018 web counter free

In most Hindu households in India, it’s customary to keep the sacred Tulsi or Holy Basil plant at home. We all have memories of our parents or grandparents offering prayers to this spiritual herb.

But you ever wondered what’s so divine about this plant?

Tulsi means "the incomparable one," in Sanskrit for its unique taste and "elixir of life" in Ayurveda for its longevity-promoting properties. Culturally, for over five thousand years, it has been worshipped as a form of Goddess Lakshmi for health and protection. What truly makes it a holy is its impressive potential to tackle emotional and spiritual causes of diseases in the body. 

This prominent Ayurvedic herb is known for its ability to establish balance in body’s Chakras and restore harmony in body, mind, and soul. Marked by its strong aroma, unique astringent-like flavour, this herb generates a positive effect on the body and primarily works towards reducing Kapha.

Holy basil’s SUPERFOOD status

Firstly this entire plant can be used for therapeutic purposes. It promotes lightness in the body, detoxes the respiratory tract and relieves digestive conditions. Being a rich source of essential oil, the Holy Basil acts as a strong antiseptic against disease-causing bacteria and parasites.

So, here are a few amazing uses of this superfood:

  • Reduces emotional stress The entire Holy Basil plant is an adaptogen. I.e., basically a metabolic regulator that helps your body cope and deal with emotional, physical and environmental stressors and related ailments like anxiety, sleep problems, forgetfulness, exhaustion, sexual problems etc. It is also a super effective anti-depressant!
  • Stimulates and vitalizes your body The high anti-oxidants found in the Holy basil helps your body detox naturally. It may be used as a preventive measure against cancer as well.
  • Protects against infection and treat wounds The Basil leaf extracts can speed up healing of wounds and act as a protective layer. Not just that! It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and an analgesic (a painkiller). So, issues like mouth ulcers, keloids, raised scars and acne can be easily taken care of with this natural herb.
  • Lowers your blood sugar Holy Basil is very effective for blood sugar related symptoms like diabetes, hyperinsulinemia, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and hypertension.
  • Lowers your cholesterol As the Holy Basil is a natural metabolic regulator, it can be used for management of weight and cholesterol levels as well.
  • Reduces inflammation and joint pain Often joint pains occur due to stress-induced inflammation. Being an adaptogen, the Holy Basil helps reduce and eliminate inflammation. It is a great nature’s gift for people suffering from arthritis.
  • Protects stomach and helps in digestion Consuming the Holy Basil leaves or capsules helps increase the mucous secretion and protect the mucous cells against stomach acid. By this, the herb naturally builds up a defence against stress-induced ulcers.
  • Wondering how you can add this spirit-nourishing herb into your diet? With the high validation from the modern medical science, this ‘side effects-free’ herb is now being consumed for medicinal purposes across the globe! However, it’s always best to consult your doctor before using it as a supplement, in its various forms - capsules, powders, teas, essential oils, and ointments. A lot of people prefer eating the fresh leaves of the Holy Basil directly, by adding them to delicious preparations like Thai basil rice, spiced continental sauces, salads, and pastas. Being caffeine-free, Holy Basil green teas are high in demand. What better than getting a sense of well-being while sipping on a warm relaxing cup of tea?!