Holy Basil is one of the most sacred plants in India.
It is known as Tulsi or Tulasi in the Hindi language. In Myanmar, it is known as Pan Sein.
In this Amazing Herbs Podcast Episode We will Cover: Holy Basil, India's Most Sacred Plant
In the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Holy Basil plant provides positive life energy and if you walk in a garden with full of holy basil plants, you will get more of this positive energy.
In fact you may feel more energized after taking a walk in a garden like this.
I am sure more research is need to establish this fact but the positive side of this walk is that you are getting good garden air in any case which is good for your health.
I always had a holy basil plant in my home as my whole family used it for various health benefits and I will share more about that later.
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Here is What You'll Learn in this Podcast:
The Scientific name for the holy basil is Ocimum Sanctum.
Here is an interesting fact about Holy Basil Plant - it is considered as the queen of herbs in India.
Holy Basil leaves are part of many Hindu rituals as it is offered in temples and it is sometimes part of the garlands offered to gods. May be that's how it got the name 'Holy'.
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Nutritional Facts about Holy Basil - India's Most Sacred Plant
one serving of 2 tea spoons chopped holy basil (5 grams) contains:
- 1 calories
- Vitamin A - 6%
- Vitamin C - 2%
- Calcium - 1%
- Iron - 1%
- Fats, Cholesterol, Carbohydrates & Sodium - Zero
As per NutritionData.com, This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin and Niacin, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.
Top Health Benefits of Holy Basil
Holy Basil is known to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
This herb is also full of antioxidants and that's why it is so commonly used in stress relieving and nerve tonics.
It provides a variety of health benefits and I am providing only a few which are more closer to my heart as I saw my grandpa using it.
- It provides general health benefits and that's why it is used while making Chai in India.
- Tonic made of holy basil and honey is used a lot by many people for general immunity. Some prefer adding both holy basil and honey in their tea as it is more convenient.
- It is very common to give 2 teaspoons of basil juice to stop runny nose and mild fever in the rural or remote areas that
- It also helps with the gastric troubles and normal cold and cough.
- It is also used for face wash especially for those who are prone to pimples.
- It is also given to kids by adding holy basil leaves to warm milk. This is almost like a ritual as it helps with the immune system.
Watch the Video to Learn How the Holy Basil is Part of the Daily Prayer in India!
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Other Popular Uses of Holy Basil
Besides the above benefits shared, there are many other exotic benefits of taking holy basil.
- In the south Indian culture, they use it for managing headaches by making a paste of holy basil leaves, dry ginger and cloves.
- As per Ayurveda, holy basil is used for a variety of conditions such as from the common cold to bronchitis to fever to certain digestive issues.
Although modern science is now taking a closer look at this fascinating herb.
The most compelling data (source: MedicineHunter.com), however, suggests that holy basil possesses its greatest potential in the areas of stress relief and relaxation.
Based on my personal experiences, I do believe that holy basil is one of the best herbs given to us by nature and we should use it to enhance our immune system naturally!
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