#AceHealthNews – #HealthNewsLibary Oct.29: Basil is not just a herb used for flavoring food, it also has health-enhancing properties. What are the health benefits of basil? The herb has been used as a medicine for generations and the herb has been used to treat a variety of different conditions.
Health Benefits Of Basil
The conditions include, inflammation, bug bites, lowering uric acid content in the body, depression, brewed into a tea to fight the common cold, influenza (“the flu”), H1N1 (swine) flu,diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, fever, viral hepatitis, malaria, stress, and tuberculosis.
Research,using basil noted taking 400 mg of a holy basil extract (M/s Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd, India) by mouth in the morning and 800 mg at night for 6 weeks decreased symptoms of stress, including forgetfulness, sexual problems, exhaustion, and sleep problems (WebMD).
Ginger is the go to for motion sickness, but basil works also (Organic Facts).
It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
Basil essential oil is an excellent natural resource for vitamin-A, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium (Herbs 2000).
Origins Of Holy Basil
Types Of Holy Basil
In India, small patches of it are widely cultivated for daily use. There are at least three types of holy basil.
The green leafed variety is the most common.
The third variety is a green-leafed forest variety that grows wild most of the time.
Depression And The Health Benefits of Basil
Holy basil is classified as a rasayana, a herb that nourishes a person’s health and promotes long life according to Ayurvedic medicine. For perhaps three thousand years, holy basil has been considered one of India’s most powerful herbs.
Basil is also used medically in China, mainly to promote good blood circulation after birth, and to treat kidney problems and stomach cramps (Herbal Resource).
Alternative Medicine uses holy basil as an antidepressant for stagnant depression as it describes a specific type of situational depression. Such as a traumatic event that occurred in a person’s life, and as they may become unable to move on from the trauma, in addition to therapy, herbs such as holy basil are used for treating the depressed state of mind in the individual. Along with holy basil, damiana, rosemary and lavender are also used.
Becoming a new mom is an exciting time in a woman’s life. The stress factor is elevated during this time of pregnancy to giving birth.
There is always postpartum depression. Holy basil can be used to help combat stress and mental exhaustion.
Word of Caution
Some medical studies suggest basil essential oil and basil in any other form should be avoided by pregnant, breastfeeding, or nursing women. On the other hand, some medical studies suggest that it increases milk flow, but more research needs to be done.
So when you need to brighten your mood and energize yourself just reach for holy basil. Consider the health benefits of basil regularly, as a supplement, adding it to food, or brewing it into a tea.
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