Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also called Indian Basil or Sacred Basil, is known as Tulsi in Sanskrit, which means "the incomparable one". This product is known as "holy" because it is worshiped and used in various Hindu religious rituals. The tradition of Ayurvedic Medicine recognizes the tremendous medicinal significance of Holy Basil, where it is considered an elixir that is healing to mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine sees Holy Basil as an herb with bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes used as a major respiratory support herb that helps to mobilize mucus with colds, flu, and other respiratory ailments. It is also traditionally used to bring down fever, for earaches, digestive disorders such as bloating or colic, ringworm, malaria, and even as a mosquito repellant.
Modern research finds Holy Basil to have potent therapeutic potential for peptic ulcer sufferers due to its anti-ulcerogenic and ulcer healing properties. Through its various neurotransmitter-modulating effects it may have analgesic properties as well as anti-stress effects. Stress related changes in levels of hormones such as cortisol and the corticosteroids are generating interest due their negative impact on everything from weight management, to healing, and memory. Studies show Holy Basil to have anti-stressor properties and a normalizing influence on stress induced changes in these problematic corticosteroid hormone levels.
Many of the potential benefits attributable to Holy basil are believed to be due to it containing a component called Ursolic acid. Studies have been performed showing ursolic acid's protective qualities on nerve, liver, and skin tissues as well as immune modulatory effects. Lastly, Holy Basil derivatives have been shown to inhibit the inflammatory COX-2 and LOX enzyme systems. Sufferers of arthritis and inflammatory diseases usually are given side effect ridden prescription drugs to inhibit these very same enzymes.
Posted by Andrew on 18th Oct 2013
Know this is a very good herb to take and found it has an effect similar to Eleurtero ginseng, a clarity of mind and sharpened focus. Am sure it has lots of other benefits. Good as a tea with added cinnamon and cocoa powder.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2013
This is the best tea I ever had! I do not even drink organic coffee anymore(but use it for enemas). Everyone I serve it to loves it!
Posted by Stacy B on 2nd Aug 2012
Holy Basil tea has been a wonderful replacement to my morning coffee. I love the way it makes me feel.