It is a powerful antioxidant with demonstrated antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil has been used to treat a variety of conditions, from the common cold to bronchitis to fever to certain digestive complaints, including ulcers.
It functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. As an adaptogenic herb it does not alter mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress.
Holy basil may be a powerful antibiotic against debilitating and deadly bacteria.
It can help control blood sugar levels and because it has been shown to lower blood sugar, it could potentially cause low blood sugar levels in those who are on medications to control blood sugar.
Holy basil can significantly lower harmful cholesterol in the blood.