VA Back-to-School Holy Basil

Holy Basil, Batman! My brain fog is gone!

Who knows if Batman had any issues with brain function – maybe that’s what Alfred was there for – but if he did, I would offer him Holy Basil (Latin: Ocimum tenuiflorum).

Holy Basil is not the basil you make pesto out of – so darn it, you can’t justify eating loads of delicious pesto to improve brain function!

Native to India and other Southeast Asian countries, Holy Basil is found in many herb formulas in the US. It’s also sold as a tea under its Ayurvedic name, Tulsi, which is a great way to introduce this brain boosting herb into your regimen.

It is most known for helping with any cause of brain fog, particularly menopausal brain fog, brain fog associated with overuse of cannabis, brain fog due to anxiety. It is also good for what one wise herbalist calls “stagnant depression”, which can cause lowered mental acuity. Holy Basil can be also be used for ADHD, and even can help brain injuries.

Health wise, Holy Basil covers a lot of ground! It is amazing that one plant can offer so much medicinal help.

Holy Basil, along with Gotu Kola, is one of my personal “go-to” brain herbs. If I don’t take it for awhile, I notice slowly becoming more forgetful and less focused. Once I start taking it again, my mind gets back into gear!

It also mildly supports the adrenal glands, which are key in giving us our inherent source of energy.

Many of us overstimulate and tax the adrenal glands with caffeine use, inadequate sleep, and by pushing our limits with work hours – which unfortunately our culture rewards. Holy Basil, along with other herbs, can help nourish our fatigued adrenal glands.

I once said to a friend, “Holy Basil saves my butt everyday” and I still feel the same today.

Personally, I take Holy Basil three (3) times a day as a tincture along a mix of other herbs in my custom made formula.

Drinking Tulsi tea is another way to bring this herb into your life, up to 2-3 cups a day is my suggested starting dose. Once you start to feel its wonderful effects you can reduce and play with the dose.

Ready to give it a try? Click here for a list of reputable herb companies that I trust.

Everyone is different, and one herb may work wonderfully for one person but not seem to do much for someone else. To find out more about finding the herbs that work best for you, I have another article on this topic or you can always reach out to me by clicking here. I’d love to help you.