What is Holy Basil
Holy Basil, also known as tulsi vana or tulasi, is a revered herb that has been utilized for hundreds of years for its vast health benefits. The scientific name of the herb is Ocimum gratissimum. The plant has clusters of flowers with fragrant leaves that have serrated margins. The plant is used not only for its nutritional value but for medicinal purposes as well. From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions.
Benefits of Holy Basil
Holy Basil contains several antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In addition, Holy basil is rich in vitamins and minerals that have a large impact on several body processes. These benefits are all backed by extensive scientific research. Some of these benefits include:
- Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
- Used to treat stomach pain, diarrhoea, cholera, chronic dysentery and vomiting.
- Supports the immune system
- Helps soothe painful conditions
- May help reduce diabetes symptoms
How to Use Holy Basil
Start by boiling water. Place 1 teaspoon of dried holy basil per cup of water in the teapot. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar and milk to taste.
NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice.
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