Recently, this writer was introduced to the herb known as Holy Basil. Another writer friend of hers commented that she was taking it to help her anxiety problems. Curious about the herb, she promptly began researching its benefits and history.
According to many websites, including, Web MD, Holy Basil is a herb that was originated in India or Asia. It was also discovered over 5,000 years ago. Another website, Doctorsinghs.com, stated that this herb was worshiped every morning by those who followed the Hindu customs and those who worshiped Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu believed that the small plant known as Holy Basil and Tulsi could cure many ailments. Today, this plant is still believed to have the power to cure and treat many ailments including the following:
Stress And Anxiety
The aroma from the herb, Holy Basil, can often help one to reduce their stress and anxiety levels. The leaves of the plant are where the aroma generates. This is due to their strong astringent properties, according to the website, Doctorsingsh.com. The leaves are often used when making supplements of the plant when can be taken to help reduce stress and anxiety. The website also states that one can also chew on the leaves itself to reduce stress and anxiety, if they are able to locate the plant itself.
Colds, Headaches, And Stomachaches
Common conditions such as colds, headaches, and stomachaches are often treated with a simple Holy Basil drink, according to WebMD. This drink can be made by boiling water with Holy Basil leaves. Holy Basil teas can also be purchased through some health food stores and drug stores. This tea is also known as Tulsi tea.
Holy Basil has been used for centuries to treat coughs. It is known for its expectorant power to break up mucus. This can be done by simply drinking a cup of Holy Basil (Tulsi) tea or a tea made fresh from Holy Basil leaves and boiled water. This drink should be taken before a meal on an empty stomach. This will help it work better.
Preventing and Treating Heart Disease
Drinking Holy Basil teas on a regular basis can help to keep one’s blood vessels function better and help prevent clots from forming in the veins. This can help prevent and treat heart disease. This can also help prevent strokes from occurring.
The Holy Basil plant is a small plant. It has small hairy leaves. Yet, it can cure and treat many conditions. This is why this little plant has been not only worshiped but loved for centuries.