Holy basil is a small shrub with sweet smelling leaves and is used throughout south Asia and India for its medicinal purposes. Holy basil, otherwise known as tulsi by Hindus is primarily consumed as an herbal tea. The chemicals in holy basil pain, swelling, and inflammation. Other chemicals found in tulsi may lower blood sugar in diabetics.
When used as an herb in recipes, holy basil gives off a peppery taste. Thus, in many recipes it is referred to as hot basil.
Research is also being done to investigate holy basil oil on cancer patients. Preliminary tests show that the oil has positive effects in rats with some types of cancer.
Uses for Holy Basil
- common cold,
- influenza (“the flu”)
- H1N1 (swine) flu
- stomach upset
- heart disease
- viral hepatitis
It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
My favorite way to add tulsi to my daily diet is in my morning tea. You can find tulsi in a wide variety of flavors if you do not like the original taste.
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