Holy Basil in Ayurveda
We are going to touch on the benefits of the kitchen herb holy basil. It has antifungal, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. So how do we use it in Ayurveda? Read on.
Mouth freshener and oral disinfectant
Chew 4-5 holy basil leaves every day.
Treating fever, cough and cold
Add half a teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of ginger juice into a decoction of holy basil leaves.
Treating sore throat and throat infection
Add a handful of holy basil leaves and half a teaspoon turmeric powder into 2 glasses of boiled water. Gargle with this water.
Extract juice from 5-6 holy basil leaves, then add half a teaspoon of dried ginger and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Drink with a glass hot water.
Chew 12 holy basil leaves twice a day. This will also help purify blood.
Treating cold and phlegm
Extract juice from 8-10 holy basil leaves, then add 1 teaspoon of honey.
Treating ringworm and other skin diseases
Make a paste from holy basil leaves then apply on affected areas.
Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD
Consultant advisor for the development of Oneworld Ayurveda and visiting physician
Aparna is one of the few specialists in the world with a Ph.D. in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family which operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr. Padmanabhan.
Cynthia. MorganApril 20, 2019
Very great selection and uses of these herb