In this post I’ll explain how to and why use holy basil herb if you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, stress or sleep problems. I’ll also cover holy basil’s safety and potential drug interactions (important!) and discuss dose guidelines.
I’ve been successfully using holy basil in herbal mixes for my adrenal fatigue/ exhaustion, anxious clients who also suffer from insomnia or high stress, among others.
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Holy basil: an ancient herb
Ever since I’ve been helping clients to recover from adrenal fatigue (or adrenal burnout), I keep researching many natural medicines such as herbs, nutritional supplements and nutrition-dense foods to gauge which ones work best for them.
As a herbalist trained in the western tradition, I mostly prescribe herbs used in the European/ North American material media; however, I’ve also been investigating other healing systems such as Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine for their herbal medicine suggestions for stress, fatigue and anxiety.
Subsequently, I came across a herb called Holy Basil that have been used for thousands of years in the Orient. I then started to include it in the adrenal and sleep herbal mixes with impressive clinical results.
These days I use holy basil for a number of conditions which will be discussed in this blog.
Benefits of Holy Basil
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) has been used medicinally in India for over 3,000 years and it’s known there as the “Queen of Herbs”. It has been one of India’s most important healing plants throughout history. Its other name is “Tulsi” which means “incomparable one” as, according to Ayurveda, the herb also has effect on the spiritual aspects facilitating expanded states of awareness.
Others call it an “elixir of life” as it promotes longevity and relaxation or a “rasayana”- a herb that nourishes a person’s growth to perfect health, both physical and spiritual.
With such a rich history of traditional use and therapeutic actions I investigated it more to see how well it could work for my clients as well as for myself.
My clinical focus has been mainly on holy basil’s anti-stress and anti-fatigue applications but of course it has many flow-on effects on other body systems, as they are connected and influence each other all the time.
Holy basil has a broad range of applications and indications, its main effects and benefits include:
- Endocrine system – stress modulation/ reduction*, fatigue* reduction, promoting longevity*, lowering of blood sugar levels in diabetes (type 1 and 2)*, metabolic syndrome
- Nervous system – mem