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Holy Basil

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Helps Fight Infections and Boosts Immunity.

Imagine being able to tackle stress, anxiety, and inflammation with a relaxing cup of tea made with the leaves of holy basil. As an adaptogen with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, holy basil provides all of these benefits. It can even help people with arthritis or fibromyalgia.

From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions:

  • Use its fresh flowers for bronchitis.
  • Use the leaves and seeds, with black pepper, for malaria.
  • Use the whole plant for diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Use the pill and ointment form for eczema.
  • Use an alcohol extract for stomach ulcers and eye diseases.
  • Use an essential oil made from the leaves for insect bites.

Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional value is also high, as it contains:

  • vitamin A and C
  • calcium
  • zinc
  • iron
  • chlorophyll

Always talk to your doctor before taking supplements. Like many supplements, holy basil is not approved as a first-line treatment. It may also interact with medications you’re already taking.