Holy Basil

Holy Basil is known as ‘Queen of Herbs’ in India and has been used medicinally and grown there for over 3,000 years. Holy Basil is a powerful panacea and herbal medicine that is often employed to promote longevity due to its action on mood and to encourage energy and vitality. Ayurvedic medicine considers Holy Basil an ‘elixir of life’.

Common Name: Holy Basil

Latin Binomial: Ocimum tenuiflorum

Part Used: Leaf

Qualities:

A herbal medicine for those who feel helpless and without hope – especially due to illness or chronic conditions.

Constituents:

  • Ocimumoside A and B (antioxidant and adaptogenic activity + central monoamine and HPA-axis modulation)

Actions:

  • Adaptogen
  • Anxiolytic
  • Antidepressant
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticancer
  • Chemopreventative
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Cardioprotective
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hypolipidaemia
  • Immunomodulator
  • Neuroprotective

Indications:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Stress and fatigue
  • Immune dysfunction associated with stress or chronic illness
  • Sleep issues
  • Poor memory and cognition
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Can increase mental clarity and improve cognitive function
  • Convalescence
  • Enhances mood and motivation – may help shift perspective towards wellness and restore hope during illness
  • Metabolic conditions – e.g. diabetes, insulin resistance, diabetes
  • Fungal infections
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cardiac disease
  • Hepatic disease/steatosis
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Cancer adjunct to radiotherapy

Traditionally: Used for many ailments (as a panacea) such as common colds, bronchitis, fever, headaches, fatigue, inflammation, skin conditions, heart disease, poisoning and malaria.

Contraindications:

Not recommended to use Holy Basil in either pregnancy or lactation due to a lack of evidence regarding its safety in these areas.

Holy Basil may act as a male contraceptive in large doses.

This herbal medicine has an extremely high safety profile.

Interactions:

Caution with coprescription with other medications that are metabolised via cytochrome P450 enzymes as Holy Basil has been shown (in vitro) to modulate these enzymes.

Dosage:

1:2 LE 20 – 50ml weekly

TREATMENT TIME FRAMES: It may take 2 months to see full effect when using as adaptogen for stress, anxiety or depression

Combinations:

Combine with Horopito for fungal infections

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