I love growing basil and love adding it to my green smoothies for all the many health benefits but have only recently discovered the amazing holy basil variety!
One of the best and easiest things you can do for your health is to start drinking holy basil tea.
Know as the “Queen of the herbs” and “ “Mother Medicine of Nature”, this super herb is not the sweet basil we are familiar with in our kitchen.
Holy Basil, it’s scientific name is Ocimum Tenuiflorum, has been cultivated for 500 years in southeast Asia. This herb has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years.
Holy basil is grown outside of Hindu temples and can be found growing in pots or outside most Indian homes. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine but has only recently gained popularity in the west.
Holy basil herb is a known adaptogen. An adaptogen serves the body where it is needed. How totally amazing is that?
“An adaptogen is a botanical that greatly improves your body’s ability to adapt to stress, whether it’s a hectic schedule, heat or cold, noise, high altitudes or any number of other stressors. This elite class of herbs impart strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and improve mental clarity.”– Chris Kilham, Oprah & Friends
Ayurveda classifies Holy Basil as a “Rasyana”: an herb that nourishes a person’s growth to perfect health and promotes long life.
I have personally noticed some pretty amazing benefits from drinking this tea regularly for the past few weeks.
Here are 5 Amazing Benefits of Holy Basil
Reduces Stress – The Vitamin-C and other antioxidants found in Holy Basil help to soothe the nerves, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and reduce stress in the body.
Supports the Immune System – Ayurveda classifies Holy Basil as an herb that nourishes a person to perfect health. Holy basil is a super powerful antioxidant and has antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil has been used to treat a variety of conditions. Holy basil helps relieve symptoms of the common cold , bronchitis as well as fever and other digestive complaints, including ulcers.
Support the Cardiovascular System – Regular intake of holy basil tea has been known to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
Weight Loss – This herb will help you lose weight because it stimulates the metabolism and reduces stress. Cortisol levels are directly related to stress. This means that when you are under stress the body produces cortisol and this triggers your body to store on visceral fat which surrounds your vital organs.
Support the Respiratory System – Holy Basil is a natural expectorant, making it very efficient in curing coughs and colds. Making it a wonderful choice for supporting respiratory health and wellness.
Comment below and share which of these benefits of Holy Basil interests you the most? Have you used it before? Share what you have noticed since using this amazing herb.