Merry Holy Basil!

By Christina, Wellness Department Manager

 

One of my faves and at the top of the list for me right now is Tulsi Holy Basil. Tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family, it is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers.  We have just brought into the Wellness department, Dr. Mercola’s food grade organic essential oils and Tulsi Holy Basil is one we have that we’ve never carried before! The thing I love about aromatherapy is that it allows me to tap into certain specific compounds that are extracted from the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark, and the roots of plants in the form of essential oils. When these essential oils are carefully produced, high-quality essential oils are pure and very concentrated. As little as a single drop can lift my spirit and improve my mood!

 

Tulsi-Holy Basil has many health benefits, especially lung disorders and asthma, heart diseases and stress, it kills bacteria and infections. It has medicinal value and has been worshipped and highly valued in India for thousands of years. It has been an age-old custom in India to worship it two times a day, water it, and light lamps near it in the morning and evening. It was and still is believed to protect the whole family from evil and bring good luck. Basil leaves have also been an essential part of all worship ceremonies since ancient times. These practices are not superstitious but actually have scientific reasoning behind them. The ultra-disinfectant and germicidal properties of this legendary herb can protect from infections, cough, cold, and other infections. A few leaves dropped in drinking water or food can purify and kill germs. Even smelling it (The smell of the Holy Basil-Tulsi essential oil is divine!!) or keeping it planted in a pot indoors can protect the whole family from infections, cough, cold and other viral infections. I’m headed downstairs right now to put some in the diffuser. Truly amazing!

 

The Tulsi leaves are now regarded in many countries as adaptogens which are anti-stress agents. Another great way to consume Tulsi is in a supplement or as tea. It is a natural remedy for anxiety, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, unbalanced blood sugar and as a home remedy for acne. In the last few decades Indian scientists have studied the pharmacological effects of various parts of the tulsi plant on the immune system and more. There has been a scientific basis for the therapeutic uses of Tulsi and has been found that it helps protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals.

 

The primary active compound of Holy Basil is eugenol, the active ingredient in the powerful antimicrobial Clove. Tulsi may work as a natural cancer treatment to help prevent it, research shows that people that regularly consume Tulsi are less likely to be immune compromised and less susceptible to developing cancer cells. It also increases antioxidant activity.

 

Elevated cortisol levels can be dangerous and can have a major impact on our learning, memory, immune function, bone density, weight gain and heart disease. Tulsi has the ability to regulate cortisol levels and keep hormone levels balanced naturally. It calms your system. Stress relief? Yes! Please!

 

Tulsi is effective in helping to alleviate almost all varieties of respiratory disorders, including bronchitis. The components of Tulsi leaves like camphene, eugenol and cineole provide relief from congestion and other symptoms of respiratory distress. Scientific studies have confirmed that holy basil possesses impressive anti-asthmatic abilities and can make breathing easier!

 

Because Tulsi has sedative and disinfectant properties, it can be used as a natural headache remedy that can help relieve migraine pain. Especially true for sinus pressure headaches!

 

Tulsi may also help prevent a range of eye issues, including cataracts. According to Dr. SK Gupta of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, topical administration of an herbal eye drop mixture containing turmeric and holy basil extracts helps to counter the oxidative stress and insoluble protein that leads to cataracts.

 

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest medical system. It has a holistic approach to health and disease that focuses on preserving and promoting good health and preventing disease through healthy lifestyle practices. This includes regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs that have the power to enhance the body’s ability to maintain balance in a world with a ton of stressful components. Holy Basil-Tulsi is highly recommended as a regular and essential lifestyle practice.

 

And did I mention the smell is divine? Enjoy.

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