Monday, November 22, 2010

Holy Basil for stress and cold relief

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Pure Himalaya Holy Basil
Holy Basil or Ocimum sanctum is a herb used in India for healing all kinds of ailments including those of the mind. It is however considered the queen of stress relief herbs. It has been shown more effective in combatting stress than Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng.

Holy Basil has been shown in studies to help maintain normal cortisol levels. Stress can cause elevated cortisol levels which in turn raise blood sugar levels. Ursolic acid and triterpenoic acids found in holy basil, help the body to respond to stress without raising cortisol levels.
Based on its ability to maintain blood sugar levels, Holy basil is also used as a remedy against diabetes.

In addition to its benefits against stress, Holy basil is also a well-known household remedy against fevers, coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. Chemical compounds in the herb are said to help reduce inflammation and pain. A tea made from the leaves of the plant are very useful in clearing up phlegm. Holy basil can be consumed as a liquid extract used in teas or capsules.

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