Posted on Aug 22, 2017 | 0 comments

 

My new favorite herb this year is Basil! ALL OF THEM!

All of them, you ask? Yes! There are so many various types of basil and each one is unique and essential for various reasons.

This year I’ve embraced two that have become my overall favorites. Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) and the everyday Sweet Basil that we are all familiar with. The Sweet Basil, seeped as a tea infusion, is simply the most aromatic tea one will experience. The health benefits, calming, soothing, good for what ails you, is an added bonus. The Holy Basil, on the other hand, is not as aromatic, but the health benefits are immense. Tulsi, as it’s officially known, has an arm’s length of healing properties. Here are some of them. Hope you are blessed by ‘Holy Basil’.

Tulsi, or Holy Basil, means “the incomparable one” in Hindu and has a history of healing among the ancient peoples as a medicine for centuries. It is one of those herbs that aide in the healing of asthma and bronchitis, as well as nagging coughs, by facilitating the mucous to move out. Not only is it good for this purpose, it also is noted to support healthy kidneys, maintain normal cholesterol levels, treat mouth infections and help with the symptoms of diarrhea.

That only covers the ‘inside’ – there is also an ‘outside’. One can use holy basil to treat various skin irritations and take the sting out of insect bites. I’ve tried this myself after disturbing a ground nest of hornets and being stung several times. The handiest herb within my reach (after running crazily around the house to escape them) was a bunch of basil – HOLY basil! I grabbed up a handfull, wadded it up in my hand mashing it and slapping it on the various stings. To my great relief – it worked! The sting almost immediately reduced 100 fold until I was able to get the stingers out and then added some lavender essential oil as well. Whew! what an experience!

One other great advantage to using Holy Basil is that research studies have actually shown that it is an adaptogen, which means it helps reduce stress on the body eliminating its negative effects. Next time you are all stressed out, sip a nice hot cup of basil tea! Studies have also showed that it decreases corticosterone and other stress hormones. And reducing stress always leads to living a more healthy lifestyle.

So, go ahead, grow some basil (it is soooo easy!). Grow several different varieties and enjoy the soothing and aromatic nuances of each and every one. You’ll thank the Creator for His ingenuity in the many ways He offers such healing herbs!


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