Holy Basil kills cancer cells

Holy Basil Prevents Cancer

Ocimum sanctum Linn., commonly known as ‘Tulsi’ or ‘Holy Basil’ is considered to be the most sacred herb of India. Scientific studies focused on the herb’s disease fighting properties have gained momentum in recent years – especially in areas of neuroprotection and anticancer effects.

A powerful anit-inflammatory agent and a natural healer, holy basil is often touted as ”the Mother medicine of nature” in Ayurveda. This herb is revered in ancient Sanskrit scripts and is offered in Hindu Temples to visitors as part of a ritual. The most compelling evidence of Holy basil is based on its anti-stress and anticancer effects which modern herbalist call – the ”adaptogen” effect. (more…)

Plant Based Radiation Protection: Tulsi

Plant Based Radiation Protection: Tulsi

It’s a radioactive world

Radioactivity is a natural part of our environment and everyone is continually exposed to ionizing radiation from a vast array of natural sources such as the sun and radioactive elements within the earth. However, since Henri Becquerel and Madame Curie first described radioactivity at the turn of last century, humans have continued to concentrate natural radiation sources and use them for medical diagnosis and therapy, food preservation, power generation and the production of nuclear weapons.

Concentrated sources of ionizing radiation are relatively new on earth, yet all living systems have had to deal with low levels of radiation. Thus, many plants contain a range of protective phytochemicals and this protection may be conferred to animals that eat them. Perhaps the most potent plants in this regard are the ‘adaptogens’ such as tulsi (Ocimum sanctum or holy basil), which confer protection against a wide range of environmental stressors. Tulsi has been celebrated within Ayurveda for generations as an ‘elixir of life’, yet it seems likely that the use of tusi and other adaptogenic herbs will become even more important as the extent of global toxicity becomes apparent.    (more…)