Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) is new on my radar, but has been used for centuries to support stress in the body by helping to maintain homeostasis. Holy Basil belongs to a group of plants, mainly herbs, known as adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body respond to and adapt appropriately to stress. 1
Therefore, this wonderful herb is definitely high on my list of supportive tools when it comes to our endocrine system.
Holy basil is can be taken as an extract, supplement, oil or made into a tea. Some people don’t like the bitter, spicy flavour, and in this case a supplement form is preferred.
Plenty of research has gone into exploring the healing qualities of Holy Basil. An article in The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine demonstrates that Holy Basil has been shown to protect organs from chemical stress - such as medications; metabolic stress - such as extremes in blood sugar or blood pressure; as well as psychological stress. Holy basil also has antimicrobial and antidepressants properties. 2
Some studies have also shown that drinking Tulsi tea, or taking it as an extract, especially after meals can help to reduce anxiety. 3
Have you incorporated holy basil into your routine? What form do you like best?
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