PRIMARY USES: Stress, Anxiety, Irritability, Mild Depression, Maintenance of Healthy Blood Sugar and Cortisol Levels, Antioxidant Protection, Inflammation and Pain
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known as Tulsi, is one of the most highly regarded plants has been used for centuries in India to treat an array of conditions such as inflammation, digestive complaints, asthma, arthritis, and skin conditions. In the West it is most well known for its ability to counteract stress, calm the mind and lift the spirit.
Holy Basil is an adaptogen that promotes a healthy stress response and can protect one from breakdown due to chronic stress, emotional turmoil or work overload. Holy Basil counteracts stress-induced changes in neurotransmitters and enzymes; it normalizes and brings balance to biochemicals in the body’s stress center such as cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine. Holy Basil is helpful for individuals with stress-related conditions, such as anxiety, irritability, depression, irritable bowel, digestive disorders, hormonal fluctuations, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, and immune deficiency. Holy Basil encourages emotional well-being and restores homeostasis to individuals who feel like stress has gotten the best of them .
Holy Basil has also been found to have hypoglycemic effects; it significantly helps to decrease fasting blood glucose levels and reduce total serum cholesterol levels. Holy Basil stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas, which contributes to the plants anti-diabetic action. In addition, Holy Basil decreases the stress hormone cortisol, which rises when one is exposed to chronic stress. Elevated cortisol levels trigger the body to produce more glucose causing an unhealthy increase in blood glucose levels and also will result in weight gain. Holy Basil can be helpful for those with type-2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or rapid blood sugar swings.
Holy Basil contains numerous polyphenols such as eugenol, ursolic acid and rosmarinic acid that act as powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals and protect cells from oxidative damage. These compounds also fight inflammation and inhibit production of cyciooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzymes. The activity of Holy Basil’s phenolic compounds and the COX-2 inhibitory activity of the compounds to be comparable to ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin; therefore, Holy Basil is indicated for relieving inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, sports injury and physical overuse.
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COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
St. John’s Tonic (formula for depression)
Anxiet-Ease (formula for anxiety)
Adren-Aid (formula for adrenal fatigue, blood sugar balance)
B-Complex (nutritional and cardiovascular su pport)
Joint-Tonic (if arthritis)
Kava (for anxiety, pain)
Turmeric (Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory)
DOSAGE: Liquid : 30 d rops (1 ml), in water or juice 2 to 3 times daily or as needed.