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Holy basil, also known as tulsi or purple basil, is a variety of common basil. It is an adaptogen, widely used to reduce stress.

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Possible Benefits

  • May decrease stress level 
  • May improve your mood
  • May prevent chronic stress
  • May strengthen your immune system 
  • May improve cardiovascular health 
  • Antioxidant 
  • May reduce cholesterol level
  • May improve productivity 
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Required Equipment

Holy basil leaves, supplement, or essential oil.

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How to Do It

You can consume holy basil in an infusion. Simply boil water with a few leaves for a few minutes. 

In Thai cuisine, there is a famous recipe called Pad kaphrao. It is simply beef, pork, or chicken fried with leaves of holy basil. You can try it! 

You can also find it as a supplement, in capsules or essential oil.

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Why it works

  • Some of its active components, such as eugenol, carvacrol and ursolic acid help to decrease inflammation and reduce stress in the body. This makes it a powerful adaptogen.
  • Eugenol is known to help reduce pain, fight some infections, and have antioxidant action. 
  • It can help improve cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
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Time Commitment

5-15 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

2 times per week 

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Time of Day


Consume it in the middle of the day to help you reduce stress and be more productive.

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Possible Side Effects

May lead to blood low sugar. Headache, insomnia.

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  • Use it regularly to test its adaptogen effect. 
  • Do not use it at night because it can cause insomnia.
  • If you use the capsules, you can hold the gel in your mouth for a few seconds to enhance the adaptogen effect.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Adaptogens in Focus: Holy Basil. https://www.pharmaca.com/projectwellness/adaptogens-in-focus-holy-basil/ 
  2. The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans: A Systematic Review of the Literature. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5376420/ 
  3. Dried leaf extract of tulsi [o. sanctum] reduces cardiovascular risk factors: result of a double blinded randomized controlled trial in healthy volunteers. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305637533_Dried_leaf_extract_of_tulsi_o_sanctum_reduces_cardiovascular_risk_factors_result_of_a_double_blinded_randomized_controlled_trial_in_healthy_volunteers 
  4. Anti-Inflammatory, gastrointestinal and hepatoprotective effects of Ocimum sanctum Linn: an ancient remedy with new application. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24266685/ 
  5. Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/ 
  6. Pharmacological and Toxicological Properties of Eugenol. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7227856/
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