Holy Basil

I have been taking an herb capsule, Holy Basil, for quite a while.  I started after a Dr. Oz program shared about reducing stress.  After talking to other family members, they also knew of people who have used the tea and capsules for stress related problems.

I did a little research and found that Holy Basil has a very long history in the Hindu religion.  This herb has been used for many thousands of years in India and is a religious plant to the Hindu.  Ayurvedic¹ practitioners and laypersons use Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) for many ailments, but in the United States it has been primarily used to counteract the effects of stress.

The website Holy-Basil.com, with information provided by SALAM Research (Rochester, New Hampshire), listed the top fifteen medicinal uses of holy basil, which is also known as tulsi.  One use according to this website is healing power. Tulsi is used as a nerve tonic and to sharpen memory.  Using the leaves can promote the removal of phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves and juice are used for fevers, coughs and sore throats.  When they combine the leaves  with honey and ginger it is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. The juice is used to strengthen the kidneys and treat children’s ailments such as colds, coughs, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.  Also basil is used for heart disorder, stress, mouth infections, insect bites, skin disorders, teeth disorders, headaches and eye disorders.  Clearly, unless you use an Ayurvedic practitioner you would not be able to use holy basil for all these ailments, but it makes me wonder what we miss out on, because the FDA and the medical community controls our medical treatment.

The only research done in the United States has been on animals.  According to Dr. Weil, “the findings suggest that holy basil might have effects as a painkiller, a COX-II anti-inflammatory agent, an antioxidant, and as a treatment for bacterial, fungal, and even viral infections.  There is also evidence (again, only from animal studies) that holy basil might help control blood sugar.”² The NIH has warned that there maybe toxic elements in the mixtures of holy basil that one can buy off the internet.  They bought and tested a variety from the internet and found 20% contained some toxic levels.  This is from NIH which in my opinion, allows much more toxic medicines to be pushed by our “medical community”.  Just listen to the side effects told to us after some “wonderful” drug has been advertised on TV.

I have noticed in taking one capsule of Holy Basil extract (leaf), 2.5% ursolic acid, I have been even keeled, had much less phlegm (I had a lot), and have had a sense of well being.  I have been through a lot in the last six months: retired, spouse lost his job, loss of his mother and loss of my mother after a horrific short “illness”, taking care of all her affairs and also, many other events that should have caused much stress.  I am not saying that my well being is all from taking holy basil, but I feel taking this herb has helped.

I feel we can learn from other alternative medicines.  I do not think our medical community of MDs, FDA and government agencies have the only knowledge about our health and well being.

1. Ayurvedic medicine is a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine.

2. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda?nav=rss


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About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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