It is used in over 300 Ayurvedic herbal preparations, but is best known in the west as Tulsi Tea or in single herb supplements. It has many applications beyond health, and that is why it is considered ‘holy’ in India.
1. Adapting To and Resisting Stress
Holy basic is considered an adaptogenic herb.
Adaptogins have the ability to switch from stimulating to sedative effects based on the bodies needs. This balancing effect thus ‘adapts’ to the situation and allows one to deal with challenging environments. Modern life has many challenges, both physical and psychological.
One interpretation of this effect is that holy basil reduce the negative effects stress has on the body by supporting the adrenals.
2. Highly Alkaline – Helps Detox
Like many green plants Holy Basil is alkaline forming – so much so it traditionally used when a person is fasting so the body doesn’t become too acidic during the temporary cleansing process.
3. Powerful anti-oxidant
Protects the body from free radical destruction and ROS (reactive oxygen species) which contribute to disease and aging.
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.
4. Immune Support and Balance