Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Culinary: Holy Basil is not generally used in food, though it could be. It is, however, very commonly brewed as an herbal tea, alone or blended with other botanicals. Ocimum tenuiflorum is an aromatic herb and has an unforgettable, comforting aroma.
Herbal Medicine: O. tenuiflorum is an adaptogen and specifically suited for balancing the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, that is, it helps to modulate stress.1 Additionally, there are indications that Holy Basil is useful in cases of blood sugar management.2
For a fatigue busting and delightfully aromatic afternoon tea:
2t. Dried O. tenuiflorum leaves
1/2t. Dried rose petals
Steep covered in 10oz. almost boiling water for 5-8 minutes.
Aromatherapy: Holy Basil essential oil is a favorite for physical and mental fatigue. It is also helpful for cramps and headaches. 3. The hydrosol is equally as powerful for addressing fatigue and is lovely in its own right.
1 Winston D., Maimes S. (2007) Adaptogens–Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
2 Blumenthal, M. (Ed.). (N.d.) Health benefits of holy basil. retrieved from http://cms .herbalgram.org/herbclip/359/review030383-359.html
3 Worwood, V., (2016) The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy. Novato, CA: New World Library.