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Basil is one of the world's most popular herbs, renowned for its culinary versatility. The fragrant and flavorful plant is a staple of Ayurvedic wellness traditions.** Using basil products can:

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What is Basil?

A member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family, basil is recognized across the globe as a major herb, one that imparts its crisp aroma and slightly sweet, potent flavor in a wide range of dishes. Most closely associated with Italian cuisine, the leaves of the plant in its many varieties are also an important component of Asian cooking. Given its international culinary popularity, the herb is considered botanical royalty and remains a fixture in gardens. It is also grown in pots both indoors and outdoors. While the dried form is sometimes incorporated into dishes, the signature taste of the leaves is most prevalent when served fresh, especially when added as a generous garnish or topping.**

Beyond its many food uses, sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) has been highly valued for ages in traditional health practices, particularly the Ayurvedic wellness system in India. Here, it is widely used as a digestive tonic to assist with issues related to gas, bloating, cramps and general indigestion. Since the plant’s active compounds supply inflammation-modulating properties, if is often used to help soothe inflammatory issues in the digestive system and joints. The herb also features active ingredients with antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that may be useful in supporting the immune system. In aromatherapy practices, the plant’s essential oil is tied to various beneficial qualities for alertness, mental performance, and emotional balance.**

The variety known as holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) or tulsi is also regularly utilized, and it is closely linked to the Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is referred to as an adaptogen, helping the body to adjust to adverse situations, both physical and emotional. Its associations with stress resistance are connected to promoting adrenal function, the creation of neurotransmitters and blood sugar balance. Research has shown that tulsi assists in maintaining blood glucose levels already within a normal range and may benefit overall cardiovascular health, as well.**

The herb, which has 65 different varieties, typically contains eugenol and rosmarinic acid, phytochemicals with considerable antioxidant activity that neutralize damaging oxidative stress. Eugenol is linked to upholding the equilibrium of important metabolic enzymes, which may in turn encourage optimal cell growth. The herb also provides ursolic acid, an inflammation-modulating compound with antimicrobial attributes that is used in skin and hair health products. Initial investigations have suggested that the plant's ursolic acid may additionally influence lipid metabolism and the development of lean muscle mass, pointing to a possible role in weight management.**

Basil Products

Supplement products of the herb are derived from the aerial part (including the leaves and stems) of the plant. Supplements are available as capsules and softgels, as well as in liquid and tea form. The herbal essential oil may be offered on its own or used in beauty products such as topical creams, lotions and shampoos.**

Basil Directions for Use

Confer with your health care provider prior to incorporating this herb into routine supplementation. There is no set suggested amount; dosage differs according to specific supplemental form. Capsules and softgels often supply between 400 mg and 500 mg.**