The next read is an excerpt from "The Doctor's Book of Survival Home Remedies", Chapter: Holy Basil, pages 293-295:
Latin Name: Ocimum sanctum, also known as Ocimum tenuiflorum
Holy basil is an undervalued herb in North America. But in its native India people have cherished it for over 5,000 years. This herb is also known as 'tulsi', which roughly translates to "the incomparable one".
This name reflects holy basil's impressive health benefits. Holy basil is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine and many homes throughout India grow an honored holy basil plant. They even pray to it every morning and evening. What's more, it's said that having a holy basil plant in your home protects your family from evil and it brings peace, harmony, and good luck.
While these claims are difficult to prove, evidence is mounting that holy basil can address a range of physical, metabolic, chemical and psychological ailments. It's even been shown to possess broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against a range of human and animal pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant organisms.
Holy basil is what's known as an adaptogen, which is a plant that can help your body adapt to stress by helping regulate your hormonal responses to environmental, physical, and psychological stress. This allows your body systems to function more effectively.
You can use holy basil in cooking similarly to regular sweet basil, although it has a somewhat stronger, more pungent flavor. It also lends itself well to a variety of home remedies.
CONDITIONS HOLY BASIL CAN REMEDY
Modern research and traditional Ayurvedic medicine have proven that holy basil can effectively treat or prevent an array of different conditions. One key factor that may make it so powerful is the fact that certain phytochemicals in holy basil are shown to increase antioxidant activity in your body.
Antioxidants help your body by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are natural byproducts of your metabolism and exposure to environmental stress, but when you have too many free radicals in your system, they can damage tissues and lead to conditions like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
By increasing antioxidant activity, holy basil helps your body clear out free radicals. This allows your body to maintain better balance and to recover from the inevitable stressors you encounter from day to day.
Holy basil has been shown to help alleviate the following conditions:
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