HOLY BASIL - (OCIMUM TENUIFLORUM)
Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is revered in Ayurvedic medicine. It's a herb to take on a daily basis for general health and well-being. It's especially useful where stress is present (stress lowers the immune system) as it helps to lower cortisol levels. It also regulates blood sugar.
If you are under a lot of stress or going through something particularly emotional – perhaps consistently waking up in the middle of the night – holy basil may be for you. Makes a delicious tea - Steep for 5 – 10 mins. Sip on holy basil tea during the day, or use as a calming tea before bedtime.
Suggested ways to use Holy Basil
- As a tea - Steep for 5 – 10 mins
- Use in a Chai Tea
You can start with one teaspoon of the leaf and increase as desired it will be difficult to take too much of this herb.
Possible Side Effects & Precautions
Holy basil should not be taken when pregnant or breastfeeding. Taken in large doses, it may act as a male contraceptive, it, therefore, should not be used regularly by couples wishing to conceive.
One note to keep in mind is that holy basil (tulsi) may slow blood clotting, so taking tulsi along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin, ticlopidine and warfarin. Due to its influence on blood clotting, you should discontinue use of holy basil two weeks before any scheduled surgery.