Metaphysical: 5 Benefits of Holy Basil to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

VanaTulsiHoly Basil (Ocimum sanctum) also known as Tulsi (“in compatible one”) is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions including asthma, heart disease, headaches, stomach upset, bronchitis, and arthritis. It comes in red and green varieties. Originally from india, it is considered to be a sacred plant in the Hindu tradition and used in Ayurvedic medicine. Studies of holy basil have suggested that is might be a pain killer, reduces swelling, and lowers sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. This herb is considered to be used as a short-term supplement, combined with your own lifestyle that you may incorporate into improving your psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Another popular use of holy basil has been for stress management and anxiety. These are my top 5 benefits of holy basil (besides the magnanimous, beautiful smell) that I want to share with you in times of gently relieving anxiety and stress:

1. Holy basil functions as an adaptogen (decreased cellular sensitivity to stress) and lowers levels of corticosterone (lowers stress hormones).

2. The aroma of holy basil has suggested improved mood and alleviates stress and worry. 

3. When used on a daily basis, holy basil may reduce the hormone levels that would normally escalate the stress related hormones.

4. Reduces corticosterone levels (a steroid hormone that is a hormone used in response to a stressor) to help the body cope with stress, improve mental clarity, and elevate mood.

5.  Holy basil helps the body respond to mental and physical stressors, lowering the risk of long term stress related effects. 

I hope you have found new insight into this metaphysical herb. Please share your experiences…

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