Health Benefits of Holy Basil

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For centuries, people have been using an aromatic shrub called holy basil to tackle a broad range of ailments. Researchers are looking at the herb's potential health benefits to decide whether it's a useful adjunct for various medical conditions. More research is needed to confirm these benefits.

Used as a tea or supplement, holy basil is said to promote the body's ability to cope with stress. For example, holy basil is reported to reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels that are known to be affected by stress.

1. Combats Physical & Emotional Stress

Stressors in our everyday lives can result in poor health and disease. Polluted air, soil and water, as well as noise pollution, can affect physical and psychological health. Chemicals, such as cleaners, insecticides and fertilizers used in the household or on the farm can cause reactions that can lead to asthma, skin problems and even digestive issues.1Cohen M. ‘Tulsi-Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons.’ J Ayurveda Integr Med 2014 Oct-Dec, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439.

When taken daily in tea, powder or supplement form, holy basil is thought to help people adapt better to their environment, physically and psychologically, and relieve or prevent acute and chronic diseases.

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