Holy basil, or Tulsi, is a plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” (something that allows the body to adapt to stress or health). It has been used for centuries by herbalists to combat the common cold, aid in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, and fever. It has also been used to promote longevity and as a mosquito repellant. When applied topically, holy basil may aid in the treatment of ringworm. Holy basil may cause the blood to clot slower, so please use carefully when taking anticoagulants. Increased perspiration may occur when taking Tulsi.
“”The Queen of Herbs” – is the most sacred herb of India. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), although also known as Holy Basil, is a different plant from the pesto variety of Basil (Ocimum basilicum). Tulsi has been revered in India for over five thousand years, as a healing balm for body, mind and spirit, and is known to bestow an amazing number of health benefits. Some of Tulsi effects are quite immediate, while others develop gradually after weeks of regular use…”
“The commercial development of plants as sources of antioxidants to enhance health and food preservation is of current interest (Rice-Evans et al. 1997). Epidemiological studies have suggested positive associations between the consumption of phenolic-rich foods or beverages and the prevention of diseases (Scalbert and Williamson 2000). These effects have been attributed to antioxidant components such as plant phenolics, including flavonoids and phenylpropanoids among others (Rice-Evans et al. 1996). Basils (Ocimum spp., Lamiaceae) contain a wide range of essential oils rich in phenolic compounds (Simon et al. 1990; Phippen and Simon 2000) and a wide array of other natural products including polyphenols such as flavonoids and anthocyanins (Phippen and Simon 1998).” quote from http://www.jonnsaromatherapy.com/pdf/GC-MS_Ocimum_various_2002.pdf
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