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Holy Basil for Anxiety And 6 Other Health Perks

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of 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
and chamomile.  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 adrenal fatigue. 
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 channel.
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 daily basis. 
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,
too.  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
nerve system.  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
state.  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
your nostrils.  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.
And if you’ve enjoyed this live training video, make sure to subscribe here to my YouTube
channel to learn more about essential oils and herbs, and how to use food as medicine.
And if you want to learn a lot more about herbs, just Google search online “Dr. Axe
remedies” or “Dr. Axe holy basil” or “Dr. Axe adaptogens.” Just search my name online
with whatever you want to find. And you can find more information on my website
Guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed this live training on the many benefits of holy basil.
Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking out this YouTube video.
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100 thoughts on “Holy Basil for Anxiety And 6 Other Health Perks

  1. U r doing great job Dr. Josh axe. I am doctor general physician. ( MD internal medicine). U r spreading lots of knowledge from ur vedio as food is medicine . This will give benefit to patients , normal ppl ,as well as doctors too .Thanks . Plz keep it up 🙂

  2. I have really low blood pressure naturally…..will HB affect that in a negative way? Thank you!
    I am trying to find natural way to get rid of anxiety

  3. I am getting confused now, in another of yours videos Ashwagandha is number one for anxiety with lavender an chamomile, now it is Holy Basil with chamomile and lavender and no mention of Ashwaganda?

  4. Hey, Dr. Axe – I just ordered your essential oil book on Amazon, and can't wait to check it out! Thanks for opening my eyes to ancient natural medicine!

  5. Hi Dr. Josh Axe, I love you with the love of God above. I wanted to be a naturopath. I do not believe in surgery or patented medications. I would love to work with you. Do not know as much as you do but am pationate about Naturopathy. Ursula South Africa. I would highly appreciate a response from you at the following e-mail: [email protected]

  6. I have an important question. Can you take holy basil tea if you already have low blood pressure? I drank ginseng tea before and it made me have almost no energy. I think it was the panax. I already have low blood pressure and it lowered it to a dangerous point. Since holy basil is an adaptogen, do I have to worry about it lowering my already low blood pressure? Thanks in advance.

  7. Thank you so much! Now that I am learning about so many of these, how many do I take at a time? Just wanted to time? Or all of them every day? I would love a video about balancing them in the diet and adding them to every day life… Thanks again for what you do!

  8. so i made a pizza sauce with holy basil by accident taste so bad but i started to feel so relaxed i keep eating it just for the relax effect even if it tasted bad after looking around what kind of basil i had used i ended up here , how can i confused my basil well i bought a whole bunch of seed of different types and thrown them all in a pot that why i didnt knew what basil i had used on my pizza

  9. there are so many good herbs that i want to consume daily but one can only swallow so many supplements and drink so much tea… how can one consume moredaily?

  10. These tips on thyroid health are awesome! I have applied every single one of these tips for thyroid health/hypothyroidism and my TSH has come way down and now is in an optimal range!! Still experiencing symptoms.. insomnia, anxiety, (why I clicked on this video), and hair loss but I will also apply these additional tips.

  11. Excellent effect on lowering my stress/anxiety levels! I just started using the capsules and I feel a dramatic difference! I feel so much calmer already! I can function better, think clearly, my GAD (anxiety disorder) is doing better and I hope to start sleeping better, too! A miracle for me!!!

  12. Hey Dr axe. I'm a 23 year old male about to start med school & I have been under such great emotional stress! Even though I have most of these herbs & supplements memorized it helps bring me back to reality that I can feel good, motivated & normal once again even in the wake of life's challenges. Thank you man


  13. I found that its antioxidants are really good for mental illneses, but can it be combinated with antipsychotics?

  14. Thanks dr axe…what most potent brand you recommend regarding the following herbs holy Basil.. Maca rroots..ashwagandha n siberiang ginseng..??? Thank you

  15. :"3 in india tulsi and neem has alot of significance
    my mom used to make me eat 1 leaf everyday when i was a kid

  16. Tulsi is a sacred herb and we use it from ages . Now the so called modern Western people talked about Turmeric ashwaghandha yashtimadhu tulsi black pepper sendha namak (Himalayan pink salt) and the list goes on and on what happens to them

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  18. I have watched some of your videos many times. As I learn more over time, I realized your videos are the best among all.

  19. I knew Holy Basil was magical in some way lol Bought my first box of this stuff organic too 💚 it. I actually take it as an eve tea and notice myself more calm the next day. New Subbie here. ✅

  20. I’ve been adding 1-2 drops to my Super Smoothie in the morning. I have noticed a decrease in my anxiety, but it leaves me feeling nauseous. Does this nausea ease after time or should I switch to a capsule? I thought it may have something to do with oil quality I’m using, so I’ve ordered the ancient Apothecary Brand.

  21. For @dr. Ax or anyone else – I have fairly bad anxiety and was going to try this but many studies say it may cause fertility problems. I am 37 and want kids in the future and already have some fibroids. If holy basil is gonna affect my possible fertility – imma pass. Anyone?


  23. I have some basil growing, that I got at Target. I have no idea if it is holy basil or not. How can I tell?

  24. Don't use holy basil if u have hypothyroidism.
    It's gonna cause more problems.
    Holy basil is good to counteract hyperthyroidism ,not hypothyroidism.

  25. Shouldn’t or couldn’t this be something that is preferably prescribed over giving the green light to opioids and pot heads?

  26. I’m taking tulsi, asheagandha, Rhodiola rosea, lions mane and huperzine a daily. Is it safe to take these together? I feel amazing but just want to make sure it’s safe

  27. I had acid reflux then I drank three tulsi from Pukka and it went away. Just putting that out there if it could help someone!

  28. I was having anxiety and stress even I had suddenly rapid heart beats. But when I started drinking basil seeds . My stress and anxiety gone

  29. This is soo good ! A doctor that actually understand health natural medicine and herb plants.Thats amazing, your videos are very instructive and helpful for us in study course for health and biology. My health is way better now that I've got classes online with Dr. Axe

  30. I LOVE the smell of holy basil, grapey. I love the flavor, it really calms more bitter herbs in teas, also, like white willow or wild lettuce.

  31. Thank you very much doctor
    I am suffering from stress and hypothyroidism
    This information is very useful for me
    Since 20 day's i am having basil tea
    The shyam tulsi tea
    I am boiling the stems with the leaves
    As shyama tulsi is green majenda colour
    When i got my menstrual cycle
    I obseved that my menstrual cycle blood was red to majenda colour

    I daily boil upto100 leaves with stems
    The stems are purpulish majenda in colour
    What's your opinion or advice to me
    Doctor pls reply

  32. I have started to use Moringa and Holy Basil for fibromyalgia and depression/Anxiety hoping to be able to knock off the pharmo meds..watching from UK

  33. I have plants and i used this as my everyday tea. It really helps me with my nervousness and for my thyroid. Thanks Dr. AXE. 😉😍

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