May 16, 2012

Benefits of Holy Basil...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series


Holy Basil or Tulsi is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. For many different reasons I like this supplement most of all for the fact that it helps combat stress. Basil leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves afford significant protection against stress. They say that if you chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day it does wonders on your stress level and it also purifies blood. It has also been proven to help combat depression and improve strength and stamina along with improve mental clarity. I also like it because it is a proven anti-inflammatory which reduces the painful and dangerous inflammation that plays a key role in various forms of arthritis, cancer and degenerative neurological disorders. Basil also makes a good medicine for a bad headache. It can be taken in the pill form, the extract form or even by grinding leaves with sandalwood paste and applying it on the forehead for relief. A few leaves are also great boiled down with honey and ginger to relieve the common cold and tastes really nice instead of your regular favorite tea blend.

 image via marthastewart.com

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