Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of draxe.com. In this
video, I’ll be talking of the many benefits
of holy basil also known as tulsi, and how
to get it in your diet every single day. And
also talk about when to use it, how much in
the exact dosage, all is part of this video.
Hey, I hope you enjoy this video whether you’re
watching on YouTube or Facebook right now.
So let’s dive in and talk about the six benefits
and perks of holy basil.
Now first off, holy basil is a plant that’s
grown traditionally in Asia. Now it’s also
grown in subtropical areas and other areas
of the world at this point. But it was used
most commonly in Ayurvedic medicine, which
is a form of medicine that was used in the
areas of ancient India. And Ayurvedic medicine
again, has been practiced more than 3000 years.
One of the main benefits or ways they would
use holy basil in history was for using it
as an adaptogen to lower stress levels. And
we know when you become emotionally stressed
in any way, whether it is work anxiety or
relational stress, or work stress, whatever
it is, that can really weigh down on you.
And actually, what it starts to do is cause
your cortisol to raise, can cause other hormones
like insulin to get out of balance, and melatonin
so you don’t sleep as well, causing disease
in your body.
The great benefits of adaptogens like holy
basil, they help sort of balance those cortisol
levels, bringing them back to neutral to where
then your body can function better, your body
can heal better. And this is why it’s also
known as one of the top anti-aging herbs in
the entire world today, especially in Ayurvedic medicine.
So here are some benefits.
Number one, if you’re struggling with anxiety,
holy basil is one of the number one herbs
you want to be doing on a regular basis. Now
at the end, I’ll talk about the different
forms you can use it in, from tea to capsule
to food. But again, anxiety is one of the
ways you want to use holy basil. So a few
other things about anxiety, there are a few
other herbs that help with this as well. Calming
herbs like chamomile and lavender also are
greatly beneficial, but I recommend those
three for anxiety, holy basil along with lavender
Number two here is adrenal fatigue. We know
your adrenal glands can use adaptogenic herbs.
Now, the family of adaptogens doesn’t just
include holy basil. It also includes herbs
like schizandra, rhodiola rosea, ashwaghanda,
ginseng, licorice root extract, and even
medicinal mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps all
fall within those categories.
Now all of those benefit, but especially holy
basil can actually benefit and nourish your
adrenal gland, supporting adrenal fatigue
by balancing out those cortisol levels. So
again, if you have adrenal fatigue, number
one, take holy basil. Also make sure you’re
consuming a diet that isn’t too high in sugar
as that can absolutely, can contribute to
Number three, this is a big one, hypothyroidism.
The number of people struggling with hypothyroidism
and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis the autoimmune
form of thyroid dysfunction with most thyroid
markers, this condition can greatly benefit
from using holy basil on a regular basis.
And I recommend for thyroid issues, doing
a one-two punch of herbs holy basil and ashwaghanda.
Now here is the amazing thing in clinical
studies. They found when using ashwaghanda,
which the same would work in holy basil in
terms of how the body responds, is that whether
your levels are high or low, what these adaptogenic
herbs do is they help bring your body back
to neutral and back into balance. So getting
these herbs every single day, holy basil and
ashwaghanda, those are the two herbs you want
to be taking if you’ve got thyroid issues.
And also if you have thyroid issues, consider
taking a B complex vitamin and selenium and
also getting plenty of greens in your diet
like a green superfood powder with some algae
like spirulina and chlorella. You get all
of those in your diet, you’re going to go
a long way to helping your thyroid and eliminating
processed sugar and gluten. If you want to
learn more about hypothyroidism, just check
here on YouTube for Dr. Axe thyroid. I’ve
got another advance talk on here on my YouTube
Number four is acne. Now one of the unique
things about holy basil is it contains a compound
that’s also found in clove oil called eugenol.
Now this is commonly used, eugenol is commonly
used for killing off gingivitis and different
types of gum disease. But eugenol as well
as some of the other compounds in holy basil
. . . I’ll say that the unique thing about
holy basil is that if we talk about it in
its essential oil form, it’s kind of like
a blend of lavender and clove.
I mean, it has all of these calming anti-anxiety
properties and anti-bacterial properties of
lavender, but also has the antibacterial and
antioxidant properties of clove, which is
really what makes it such a unique and rare
herb. But again, it’s great for fighting acne.
If you want to get rid of acne, mix a little
bit of holy basil essential oil or the herb
with some honey, raw honey, put it on your
face, wash it off after two minutes. It’s
great for fighting acne.
Number five, blood sugar regulation. In fact,
there are clinical studies showing that by
about 17%, if you supplement with holy basil,
it can balance out or reduce insulin levels
by 17%. So it’s pretty incredible when you
look at the benefits on blood sugar level
when you get holy basal in your diet on a
Now, listen. If you’ve got diabetes or blood
sugar issues, you typically want to reduce
the amount of processed carbohydrate you’re
eating and focus more on getting protein,
fiber, and healthy fat, and antioxidants during
your meal. Remember that, protein, fiber,
healthy fat, and antioxidants. Getting those
things with your meals and just small amounts
of carbohydrates with the meals, that’s an
ideal diet for getting rid of diabetes. And
for diabetes as well, again take these two
supplements, holy basil and chromium picolinate.
Both of those help balance those blood sugar
levels. Cinnamon is actually pretty good,
Number six here, it’s a natural stress buster.
Here’s the truth. Almost everybody today,
whether you’re sitting in traffic or looking
at a computer screen or just busy and on the
go, we have more stress today than we’ve ever
had in human history due to all of the things
that are increasing, what’s called our sympathetic
If you really want to heal your body and heal
your adrenals and your thyroid and reduce
overall stress levels, holy basil is so beneficial
because of how it lowers stress levels. It
can help balance out your sympathetic and
your parasympathetic nerve system. Your sympathetic
nerve system like your body’s fight or flight
response. If you got a bear chasing you or
you’re rushing to meet a deadline or rushing
to pick the kids up from soccer practice or
whatever it is, that puts you in a sympathetic
A sympathetic state is when all your energy
moves to your extremities and it leaves your
insides parasympathetic is when your body
is digesting food and you are, secreting hormones
and your body is resting and regenerating
and healing. But when you’re in a sympathetic
state, you’re not in a parasympathetic state.
So you really want to live more in that parasympathetic
state, holy basil helps.
It helps you do that by relieving stress and
supporting your entire brain and nerve system,
your adrenals, your thyroid, all of these
organs in your body, your pancreas, that we
talked about. Holy basil is one of the greatest
herbs. It’s been used more than 3000 years,
it’s been proven in history, it’s been proven
in medical studies. And again, let’s talk
about now specifically the dosage and how
to use it to benefit your health.
Here, when we’re talking about how to use
it specifically, here are three different
ways you can get it in your body on a daily
basis. Number one, doing it in a tea form.
It’s called tulsi tea. Remember tulsi is the
same as holy basil. Drinking two cups a day,
one first thing in the morning, one in the
afternoon. It’s a great way to get it in your
body, so drinking in tea form.
Number two, taking it as a supplemental dose
typically about 400 to 5000 milligrams once
to twice daily in a supplement form. You can
also use it in an essential oil form typically
about three drops three times a day. You want
to rub it on your neck area right here, just
sort of on your neck is the best place to
put it, or you could put it in a diffuser
and just do about ten deep breaths in through
So again, the essential oil form, the capsule
form or the tea, the most common beneficial
ways to get holy basil in your diet every
single day. And remember, this is one of the
world’s ultimate adaptogenic herbs.
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Tulsi, another name for holy basil, is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s suspected that holy basil is native to tropical Asia, although it now grows in many tropical climates across the globe. Most countries classify Holy Basil as an adaptogen herb, or anti-stress agent.
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