Holy Basil therapeutic uses may include boosting energy, sharpening memory, relieving coughs and colds, and calming anxiety.
Holy Basil Therapeutic Uses
If you’ve been following our posts and Facebook page, you know we’re passionate about helping you optimize your health. We hope that the information we’re providing is building a base of knowledge that will enable you to make informed life decisions. Our goal is to apply our research to bring you the best of the best in herbal concentrates.
In the next few posts, we’ll put a spotlight on the herbs we sell to give you a more detailed look at why we feel the 9 highly curated plants we sell are so amazing.
Today we want to introduce you to the Queen of Herbs: Holy Basil (also known as Ocimum sanctum and Tulsi).
What Is Holy Basil?
The Latin name Ocimum sanctum translates to Sacred Basil or Holy Basil. In Hindi, the name for this plant is Tulsi, which translates to “the incomparable one.” In Ayurvedic tradition, it is known as the Queen of Herbs. Native to tropical Asia, it is grown throughout India. Botanically, it is part of the mint family. At Linden Botanicals, we prefer the Krishna Tulsi variety. We source our Holy Basil from a very specific region of northern India.
Ocimum Sanctum Key Characteristics
An aromatic plant, Holy Basil grows like a many-branched shrub, with tender and fragrant oval leaves. Holy Basil can grow up to 30 inches in height. The plant’s flowers bare a purple shade, and its fruits look like yellowish/reddish seeds. The leaves of Holy Basil have an astringent/peppery taste and can be used for seasoning purposes. (However, cooking is generally done with its culinary cousin Ocimum basilicum.)
Holy Basil Traditional Uses
Tulsi (Holy Basil) is thought to be a gift from the divine healer Dhanvantari. In the Vedic traditional texts (the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism), a passage describes a contest between good and evil for the source of immortality. When good eventually triumphs, Dhanvantari cries tears of joy. Tulsi springs up where his first tear lands.
The ancient Ayurvedic texts consider Tulsi helpful in relieving almost all ailments, including common colds, digestive problems, breathing problems, anxiety, stress, blood sugar, heart problems, fever, and even ulcers.
Holy Basil Therapeutic Uses
Because of its long use in traditional medicine, there has been considerable modern interest in the potential of Holy Basil. The medicinal properties of Holy Basil have been researched and analyzed in hundreds of scientific papers, including in vitro, animal and human studies.
Properties that have been studied and found statistically significant include antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-plasmodial, blood sugar control, immunomodulation, mercury poisoning protection, nootropic, radioprotective, ulcer preventing, ulcer healing, and wound healing.
In particular, Holy Basil has been used to boost energy, sharpen the memory, and calm the nerves. It has also been used to relieve many conditions, including anxiety, bad breath, breathing problems, the sore throat of common cold, cough, eye problems, fever, gum disease, headaches, heart problems, high cholesterol, itching from insect bites, kidney stones, mouth ulcers, respiratory problems, skin infections, sore throat, and stress.
(You can learn more about Holy Basil therapeutic uses here.)
Smoothies to Improve Gut Health
The Linden Botanicals team developed a simple and healthy gut smoothie recipe to help you improve digestion and heal your gut. Gut health smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Holy Basil that will help you improve your gut health while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Holy Basil – The Queen of Herbs
By now, you may think “the Queen of Herbs” is a name well earned. We do. But to be clear, we sell Holy Basil, not because it may relieve any specific condition, but because we like that it supports the function of various body systems in a way that can help you optimize your health.
The information herein is intended for educational purposes only. This information should not substitute for seeking responsible, professional medical care. The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency. It is not intended to be used for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or curing of any medical condition. Consult with your healthcare provider before using any herbal supplement.