Benefits of Adaptogens - Holy Basil or Tulsi PlantWe’re wrapping up our research on the fantastic world of adaptogenic herbs. At first, I was quite skeptical. But now, after reading the research, I’m a believer–the benefits of adaptogens are awesome!

Adaptogen is a term from natural medicine. It refers to a powerful herb that helps the body recover and re-balance from stress. Overall, its effect is to help you adapt to stressful environmental factors and avoid damage from them.

The criteria to be considered an adaptogen is really strict. As a result, only a few herbs are on the list. But some of the ones that consistently make the cut are:

 

And now, we’d like to add ashwagandha and holy basil (or tulsi) to the list!

 

Benefits of Adaptogens - Ashwagandha

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Adaptogen Spotlight: What Is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a plant from Asia. In Sanskrit, the name translates as “smell of a horse.” The name reflects both its strong aroma and its supposed ability to fill you with the strength of a stallion.

Dar, Hamid, and Ahmad (2015) recognize its wide-ranging use in Ayurvedic medicine since “time immemorial.” Additionally, they suggest it has a similar place in modern medicine. They point to its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, and anti-diabetic properties, too. Whoa.

 

Benefits of Adaptogens: Ashwagandha

Are these findings common? Well, other researchers have found that this adaptogen may help with:

 

Well then…

 

Adaptogen Spotlight: What Is Holy Basil?Benefits of Adaptogens - Tulsi Holy Basil 2

Finally, one last adaptogenic herb that seemingly helps with almost everything is holy basil, or tulsi (Cohen, 2014). This spicy, earthy-tasting plant hails from India, many Hindu households grow it. Interestingly, holy basil leaves are often worshipped and offered to the gods.

 

Benefits of Adaptogens: Holy Basil / Tulsi

Just like our other adaptogens, holy basil has wide-reaching effects. In fact, scientists have demonstrated that it may help with:

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the potential benefits of adaptogens may prove to be quite impressive indeed. They seem to have quite a few advantages, as long as you have no underlying health issues or take any substances with potential interactions.

Definitely talk to your doctor to see if ashwagandha or holy basil would be good for you!

 

If you’d like more benefits of adaptogens in your life…

…then, please check out CommuniTea Center’s offerings:

 


A word of caution…

Please consult a doctor before using any nutritional product, including adaptogens. The statements in this Tea Blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Lastly, these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 


 

And if you enjoyed this Tea Blog post, you may also enjoy…

…A Background on Adaptogenic Herbs: Tea Ingredients to Reduce Stress

…Parts 1 and 2 of Our Spotlight on the Benefits of Adaptogens:

…More in our Healing Herbs (& Spices!) Series, including: