Sunday, November 8, 2009
It sounds like an exclamatory remark fit for the pages of a comic book; Wham! Slam! Rats! Holy Basil!!
Far more than an interjection, Holy Basil is an herb regarded as the "Mother Medicine of Nature."
Holy Basil is called "Tulsi" in Ayurveda, which translates to "incomparable one."
Holy Basil is one of those herbs that if you Google it, returns a search peppered with curing every ailment that plagues man.
The reason it is making an appearance in this blog is it's unique properties pertaining to mood and stress - both of which can either positively or adversely affect looking damn good.
Holy Basil has been used by other cultures for centuries on end as a remedy and also as a means to elevate spirituality.
Holy Basil is considered an "adaptogen" by herbalists - a compound that can increase the body's resistance to stress.
According to the description of Holy Basil provided by my favorite brand, New Chapter they asked the leader of Ayurvedic medicine why Holy Basil was so highly regarded and he replied , "Holy Basil is “anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory.” It is, he said, a “rasayana,” or an herb that, on its own, nourishes a person’s growth to perfect health and enlightenment. They asked why people in the West find that Holy Basil promotes a positive stress response and elevates their spirit, and he replied that “Holy Basil delivers nutrients to the mind necessary for the experience of enlightenment.”
Enlightenment sure sounds good to me.
Give Holy Basil a try as a natural aid your body's stress response system; to assist your body in dealing with anxiety and insomnia and to promote a general feeling of calm and well being.
You can try supplementing your diet with fresh Holy Basil or you can buy New Chapter Holy Basil here:
Share your experience with me!!
(photo from: herbal099.wordpress.com)