Benefits of Holy Basil/Tulasi
- Holy Basil supports normal bronchial lung function and respiratory functions
- Holy Basil supports normal adrenal function and cortisol levels
- Holy Basil supports normal blood sugar levels
- Holy Basil supports normal liver function and a normal immune system
- Holy Basil helps in relieving stress.
Botanical Name : : Ocimum Sanctum
Family Name: : Lamiaceae
Common names: : Holy Basil, Tulasi, Tulsi, Sacred Basil
The Holy Basil plant is found through out India. The leaves, seeds, plant and oil are used for medicinal purposes.
It is diaphoteric, anti periodic, stimulating, expectorant and anti-catarrhal. It is an aromatic herb and is often used in potpourri and sachets. Basil oil is used by the cosmetic industry in lotions, shampoos, perfumes and soaps. It is also used in some skin ointments.
Holy Basil in Ayurveda:
In Ayurveda Holy Basil or Tulasi is known as "The Incomparable One", "The Mother Medicine of Nature", and "The Queen of Herbs". In Ayurvedic texts written between 500BC and 1200 AD there are numerous references to Tulasi.
The Padma purana and the Tulsi Kavacham describe Tulsi as a protector of life, accompanying the human being from birth up till death (Dymock et al , 1893). The Pauranic mythology calls Tulsi Vishnu Priya , "Beloved of Lord Vishnu" . In the Bhagavata and Mahabharata (ancient holy epics and scriptures), it is described how Tulsi, a goddess and devotee of Lord Vishnu, was ultimately re-incarnated as the plant Tulsi. It is said that in order to express her devotion to her beloved Lord, she took this form as a herb which would be offered in worship and service to Him (Garg, 1982).
Directions for taking Tulasi
1 capsule twice a day after meals. Allow several weeks for long lasting benefits. Natural products have a wholistic effect on organs and take time for absorption and results.
Pure Tulasi / Holy Basil from Himalaya Herbals
Himalaya Tulasi or Holy Basil is from the renowned Himalaya Herbals brand endorsed by over 250,000 doctors worldwide and used by customers in over 60 countries. Himalaya Herbals products have been researched clinically and standardized to guarantee bioequivalence. Bioequivalence refers to ensuring that the product on the market is equivalent to the one on which clinical trials were successfully conducted. Himalaya Herbal Healthcare uses chromatographic fingerprinting, one of the most sophisticated standardization techniques, to ensure consistent quality and performance
Tulasi / Holy Basil side effects
Tulasi has no known side effects
Tulasi / Holy Basil research
Faculty of Science researchers at Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India found that Holy Basil exhibits antioxidant activity and supports the body's natural response to oxidative stress. They also found it to be supportive of the body's normal lipid and protein oxidation levels, and normal antioxidant defense reactions. J Med Food. 2007 Sep;10(3):495-502.
Scientists at the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India found that constituents in Holy Basil have normal levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Further, they found constituents of the herb to be supportive of normal blood sugar levels and the body's response to stress. J Nat Prod. 2007 Sep;70(9):1410-6.
In Ayurvedic tradition, Holy Basil is also used to support normal respiratory function and is considered to be an "elixir of life," promoting good health and longevity. Puri, Harbans Singh (2002). Rasayana: Ayurvedic Herbs for Longevity and Rejuvenation. CRC Press. pp. 272-280.
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