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Holy Basil: A Herb With Exceptional Health Benefits

May 27, 2022

Holy basil

(Ocimum sanctum), which is closely related to the culinary herb sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum), is a plant with a long history of medicinal usage. This venerable plant has become one of my favorites because it has so many uses. I frequently use holy basil in adaptogenic tonics, and I also find it beneficial for a variety of diseases, ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease support to skin health improvement.



Holy basil is also known as tulsi, which means "the incomparable one" and is native to India. Most traditional Indian houses and temples feature at least one Tulsi plant, which is utilized in prayers to ensure personal health, spiritual purity, and family well-being in the Hindu faith. Tulsi is classed as a Rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine, a plant that promotes long life and supports a person's growth to perfect health and enlightenment.



The traditional applications of this precious plant are backed up by a significant body of scientific evidence. Holy basil possesses antibacterial, adaptogenic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, radioprotective, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, and cardioprotective properties, among other things, according to research. I don't recommend holy basil alone, but rather in combination with other adaptogens, nervines, and spirit-nourishing plants. It's one of the main constituents in one of my favorite fundamental formulas, which mixes powerful extracts of turmeric, grape seed, amla, green tea, and ginger with other adaptogens.



Holy Basil's Active Ingredients

The beneficial ingredients of holy basil leaf include eugenol (a volatile oil), ursolic acid (a triterpenoid), and rosmarinic acid (a phenylpropanoid). Caryophyllene and oleanolic acid, carotenoids, vitamin C, calcium, iron, zinc, and chlorophyll are some of the other active components.



The triterpenoid ursolic acid, which is also present in rosemary, is one of tulsi's numerous significant components. Ursolic acid is a new favorite in the cosmetic industry since it not only promotes skin healing and flexibility, but also has the ability to prevent and cure skin cancer, according to a study. Ursolic acid is a well-known cancer-fighting substance (it suppresses protein kinase C activity, down-regulates MMP-9, and induces apoptosis). Hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory (COX-2 inhibition), antiulcer, antibacterial, antihyperlipidemic, and antiviral are some of the other properties of ursolic acid.



Traditional Uses Of Holy Basil

Holy basil

has a wide range of applications in traditional Ayurvedic treatment. The herb, for example, is used to strengthen the respiratory system and is given for coughs and colds, particularly when asthma and bronchitis are present. Holy basil also improves circulation and blood pressure, and it's frequently used in conjunction with other cardiotonic herbs like arjuna to treat cardiac problems. 5 Holy basil has the capacity to lower fevers as one of its principal actions. Holy basil was tested against typical conventional therapies during a devastating outbreak of viral encephalitis in Northern India in 1978.At a dose of merely 2.5 grams of holy basil powder taken four times daily, 60 percent of patients who used the herb recovered completely, compared to zero percent of those who were treated with conventional medicine.



The digestive system is also helped by holy basil. A typical cure for indigestion is to drink tulsi tea with dried ginger. Holy basil heals ringworm, eczema, and urticaria/hives when applied topically as a paste with black pepper. Holy basil's antibacterial characteristics make it effective for additional topical uses, such as wounds, ulcers, difficult skin illnesses like leprosy, and skin staph infections.



Numerous

Health Benefits of Holy Basil


Hundreds of historically known actions and therapeutic uses of holy basil have been proven by modern research, including its amazing adaptogenic and antistress properties, as well as its great capacity to support the immune system. It's what I'd call a secondary adaptogen (albeit my number-one secondary adaptogen). Holy basil reduces stress, boosts adaptive energy, and specifically nourishes and lifts the "Vital Spirit." Holy basil, like ashwagandha (another ancient Ayurvedic adaptogen) and eleuthro, is good for people of all energy levels. To improve and maximize health, I blend numerous adaptogens and other complementary plant medicines to make a "gourmet dinner" of herbs.



Holy Basil is supported by research.
Stress Support: Many research has shown that holy basil has antistress properties and lessens the negative effects of stress. It is adaptogenic since it improves physical performance at the same time.



Antioxidant Properties: Holy basil includes a number of chemicals that have shown substantial redox/antioxidant enhancement as well as COX-2 inhibitory actions, including carnosol, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, eugenol, cirsilineol, and cirsimaritin.



Cancer Protection: Phytochemicals in holy basil, such as eugenol, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, retinal, luteolin, -sitosterol, and carnosic acid, has been shown in preclinical trials to protect against chemical-induced skin, liver, oral, and lung cancers. Increased antioxidant activity, altered gene expression, induction of apoptosis, and inhibition of angiogenesis and metastasis are some of the protective effects.



Lung cancer: According to studies, an ethanol extract of holy basil can inactivate MMP-9 and boost antioxidant enzymes, making it a promising antimetastatic option. Holy basil ethanol extract inhibited LLC in vivo growth and induced apoptosis in A549 cells via a mitochondria caspase–dependent mechanism. The researchers concluded that an ethanol extract of O. sanctum can be used as a chemopreventive option for lung cancer.



Pancreatic cancer: In vitro, holy basil has been proven to decrease pancreatic cancer cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and death. After O. sanctum treatment, the expression of genes that promote PC cell proliferation, migration, and invasions, such as activated ERK-1/2, FAK, and p65 (subunit of NF-B), was downregulated in PC cells. Overall, our research implies that O. sanctum leaves could be a future source of new anticancer chemicals.



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