Should You Take Holy Basil? 5 Reasons To Consider It
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Holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred plant in India. It is a relative of our culinary basil, but has a stronger, clove-like aroma and taste. Indians do not use it in cooking but do use it as medicine, mostly in the form of tea. Holy basil has been used traditionally to support:
- Heart health
- Optimal breathing
- Joint health
- Vision health
- Skin health
It also has a positive influence on mood and is safe to use with pharmaceutical antidepressants. My colleague Jim Nicolai, M.D., tells me he has great success with holy basil. Most of his patients have stress-related conditions, and holy basil is at the top of his list of plant-based strategies to target such issues. His personal experience is that it lengthens his “emotional fuse” and leaves him feeling calm and balanced in otherwise stressful situations. Use extracts standardized to two percent ursolic acid or try the varieties of tulsi tea at your local health food store.
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