Parts used: Entire Herb
Adaptogen, antibacterial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, carminative, decongestant, diaphoretic, expectorant, immunomodulator, nervine, stimulant
Calcium, chlorophyll, iron, vitamins A and C, zinc
In Western herbalism, holy basil is considered an adaptogen, helping the body respond in a measured way to stressors thus reducing the negative effects of stress on physical and emotional health and providing balance.
As a digestive stimulant, carminative, and antispasmodic, due to its volatile oil content, holy basil is supportive of digestion and digestive health.
Its antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant, expectorant, and diaphoretic actions are helpful for respiratory ailments. Holy basil may be used as an expectorant tea for bronchial mucus due to its ability to warm and clear congestion.
Holy basil strengthens and balances the immune system.
As a nervine, its aromatic oils relieve tension, calm, and uplift the emotions. Holy basil has been shown to have antidepressant and antianxiety properties similar to antidepressant drugs.
Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It may help protect against infection, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, ease joint pain, and protect the stomach.
Holy basil is also high in antioxidants and helps your body detox. It may also prevent cancer by reducing the growth of cancerous cells.
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