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Holy Basil And Health Benefits Of Holy Basil

Holy basil is a popular herb used in many culinary dishes while its essential oils and holy basil extract are highly revered as home remedies. Holy basil benefits range from general physical health and emotional well-being in addition to boosting immunity through enhance production of antibodies.

Holy Basil Health Benefits

Holy basil seeds contain properties that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-pyretic and carminative in nature. Holy basil or tulsi is extremely popular in the Indian subcontinent because of its immense health benefits; it is also worshipped in some Indian homes. As an antimicrobial the health benefits of holy basil is seen as it curbs diseases that are caused due to microorganisms.
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Holy basil is also used in reducing the symptoms of viral hepatitis and in the case of diabetics, it has been proving effective in lowering the level of sugar in the blood.  Antispasmodic effects are some of the health benefits of basil as it can be safely used in treating abdominal colic in children.

Freshly prepared juice of holy basil leaves is believed to work as a powerful antidote against snakes bites and scorpion stings. The active essential oils in holy basil also provide an anti-histamine effect on allergies and hives.  Various respiratory disorders that are caused due to allergies are effectively treated by preparations made from holy basil. Numerous herbal cough syrups have holy basil extracts as an active ingredient in helping to clear the mucus inpatient experiencing bronchitis or asthma. Recent research has also indicated holy basil's anti-viral properties in the fight against SARS, bridges which an acute respiratory illness caused by dangerous virus. Holy basil and has a very powerful and positive effect in lowering fever and controlling breathlessness among patients with respiratory conditions.

Herbalists believe that are blend of holy basil leaves, black pepper and turmeric is highly effective against the spread of SARS in the body. Holy basil can be consumed in its raw state and is pleasant to taste; however it can also be consumed as a juice made from the extract of the leaves and in its powdered form. Holy basil is also useful as an appetizer and helps in the promotion of digestion by enhancing the secretion of digestive enzymes. Holy basil is extremely safe to consume and can also be ingested by children. When blended with ginger juice, holy basil works against abdominal conditions in children. Recent research also indicates the antitumor properties of holy basil, and studies are underway to know more about holy Basil's numerous properties in fighting and combating diseases.

Submitted on January 16, 2014
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