Holy Basil Benefits

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Mood & Memory
Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Holy Basil Benefits

I suffer from depression and panic attacks. About a year ago, I read about holy basil benefits and bought a bottle of the Ayurveda Organics brand. It took about a week to build up in my system. Now, I take two capsules each day and drink a cup of Tulsi-Holy Basil tea with local honey for my allergies. As long as I keep up my regimen, I never suffer from depression or have any panic attacks. It has been a miracle for me! — K.W., Taneytown, MD

Holy basil, known as tulsi (also spelled tulasi) in its native India, is a revered herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Holy basis has been used to treat a variety of health concerns from headaches and stomachaches to inflammatory problems and common colds. This herb is classified as an adaptogen, a substance that increases the body’s resistance to internal and external stress. Therefore, it makes sense that holy basil would relieve panic attacks and depression.

There is a long history of holy basil benefits and safety, with no known drug interactions, but it may have slight blood thinning and hypoglycemic effects. As with most herbs, holy basil is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or nursing.  JW

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