Stressed? We've Got You Covered with Holy Basil
Of all the herbs used within Ayurveda, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn) is preeminent, and scientific research is now confirming its beneficial effects.
There is mounting evidence that tulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise.
Tulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties. Tulsi's broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, which includes activity against a range of human and animal pathogens, suggests it can be used as a hand sanitizer, mouthwash and water purifier as well as in animal rearing, wound healing, the preservation of food stuffs and herbal raw materials and traveler's health.
Cultivation of tulsi plants has both spiritual and practical significance that connects the grower to the creative powers of nature, and organic cultivation offers solutions for food security, rural poverty, hunger, environmental degradation and climate change. The use of tulsi in daily rituals is a testament to Ayurvedic wisdom and provides an example of ancient knowledge offering solutions to modern problems
Also known as “Tulsi” or “The Incomparable One,” holy basil is one of the most sacred plants in India. In Hindu mythology, Tulsi symbolizes the goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu, who is one of the religion's most important deities. The herb has been valued for centuries because of its benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
But while its history is deeply rooted in religion and mythology, it has also been used in several ancient systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Greek, Roman, and Siddha for thousands of years.
"Stress is a normal and natural part of everyday life. Stress occurs when the demands placed upon us exceed our body's ability to cope. The body's response to stress, often referred to as the “flight-or-fight” response, occurs automatically at these times. The adrenal glands release stress hormones, including cortisol, adrenaline and corticosterone, which give you a boost of energy and strength to “fight” or “flee.”
This makes sense when faced with a physical threat, but this same response also helps you deal with a more subtle, but equally stressful psychological or emotional demand. For example, this energy boost can enhance your focus helping you to perform optimally at work or improve mental clarity allowing you to quickly deal with a conflict at home. So in this sense, some stress (and our body's response to it) is good for you - it helps us respond in emergencies. When the stressful situation has passed, the hormone levels naturally decline. So, while we don't want to “turn off” the stress response, we also don't want to remain in a state of continual stress. This is where holy basil comes in."
HOW HOLY BASIL CAN HELP ALIGN THE CHAKRAS
Tulsi ~ Holy Basil Essential Oil is known to balance and align the entire body’s “energy field.”
Third Chakra – Solar Plexus: The solar plexus chakra is located in the center of the belly and governs the physical functions of the stomach. Tulsi helps to regulate metabolism and digestion.
Fourth Chakra – Heart: Tulsi is able to open the heart to love and compassion, while strengthening faith and clarity throughout the heart chakra.
Fifth Chakra – Throat: Tulsi allows us to be in tune with our inner self and inner truth. The oil also transforms mental concepts of doubt and distrust, allowing for clear decision making made through the throat chakra. Physically, Tulsi assists with oral health of the teeth and gums and bacteria in the mouth.
Sixth Chakra – Third Eye: Tulsi provides ultimate spiritual cleansing throughout the body allowing for clarity and awareness to be present in the third eye chakra. Tulsi also provides perspective to one’s mind and spirit.
Seventh Chakra – Crown: Tulsi provides mental clarity and instills mental ease. The oil also purifies the air, mind, body, and spirit, creating a cleared personal haven where one can relax, breath, and meditate.