Holy basil, as suggested by its name, isn’t your average supermarket basil. In fact, the health benefits of holy basil justify its many nicknames as “the queen of herbs”, “the queen of ayurveda” and “Tulsi”, which is literally translated in Hindu to “the incomparable one”.
Why? Because of the innumerable, amazing health benefits it offers! This super herb has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties, all of which give it so many uses. The plant in its entirety, both leaves and seeds, can be used as a natural healer for the full body and mind.
Here are just a few of the many health benefits holy basil can provide:
Holy basil is a natural powerhouse when it comes to skincare. It can be used to treat ailments such as acne, eczema, redness and other irritations. Furthermore, holy basil is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that aid in maintaining a hydrated, beautiful, glowing complexion.
Holy basil helps in lowering and maintaining cortisol levels in the body, also known as the stress hormone, and therefore serves as one of the most natural remedies to anxiety. Moreover, as an adaptogenic, holy basil helps also helps to fight free radicals and regulate blood flow, both of which promote mental balance.
The chemical compounds found in holy basil can help to decrease pain and swelling caused by inflammatory conditions. Again, since holy basil is an adaptogen, it naturally improves the body’s response to physical and emotional trauma, which is usually a precursor to inflammation. Therefore, daily intake of this super herb can be used to prevent chronic stress and the chances of inflammation taking place at all.
Fights the common cold
The leaves of holy basil have been frequently praised for fighting off symptoms of the common cold such as scratchy throat, cough, congestion and fever. This is because holy basil has properties that help to enhance the immune system, and more specifically ones that calm mucus build-up.
Promotes oral health
Another reason to smile for holy basil? Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, it’s great for oral health and protects everything from those pearly whites to the gums, and can even help to cure bad breath (to a certain extent)! It’s also found to be useful in other more serious conditions including mouth ulcers and oral cancer.
Protects the heart
Holy basil has powerful antioxidant components that help protect the heart by fighting off and destroying free radicals, lowering cholesterol levels and keeping blood pressure stable. Because of its ability to do so, it is a beneficial herb for those suffering from diabetes, thyroid issues or hypertension.
Alkalizes the body
Like many other greens, holy basil is alkaline forming. In fact, so much so that it is a traditional herb used during fasting so that the body doesn’t become too acidic during the temporary cleansing process. Alkalizing your body is important to keep it healthy and strong enough to fend off life-threatening diseases.