Austin, TXNatural Remedies has adopted holy basil(Ocimum tenuiflorum) through the American Botanical Council's (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb botanical research and education program. 

“We believe that through this adoption, we can contribute significantly to a deeper understanding of holy basil’s potential health benefits,” said Suresh Lakshmikanthan, Chief Business Officer, Natural Remedies. “We aim to raise awareness of holy basil’s medicinal properties and potential applications in modern health care, from its antioxidant and stress-relieving properties to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects. We also aim to provide evidence-based information on its potential medicinal applications, empowering consumers to make informed decisions about their health and wellness.”

Fast Facts About Holy Basil

As outlined in ABC's press release:

  • Though commonly called holy basil, in India this herb has many names, including tulsi.
  • It is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae).
  • It is native to India and parts of northern and eastern Africa, Hainan Island, and Taiwan, although it is currently grown in temperate climates throughout the world.
  • It is one of the principal herbs used in India in the traditional medicine systems of Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani, as well as in Indian folk medicine.
  • It is credited with being adaptogenic, antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative (relieves intestinal gas), diaphoretic (promotes sweating), expectorant, nervine, and stimulant.
  • It is used for acute rhinitis, shortness of breath, asthma, hiccups, improving immunity, lowering blood sugar, and helping to relieve generalized anxiety disorder.

ABC’s HerbMedPro database

This adoption supports ABC’s HerbMedPro database—a comprehensive, interactive online database that provides access to important scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of more than 265 herbs, spices, medicinal plants, and fungi.

“Natural Remedies’ mission is to harness the power of nature to enhance well-being,” added Lakshmikanthan. “ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program directly aligns with this mission by supporting ongoing research on holy basil's medicinal properties. Promoting responsible sourcing and production practices and helping to educate the industry about the safe and effective use of herbal remedies is paramount to our mission.”

ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal added, “ABC is deeply grateful to Natural Remedies for adopting holy basil on ABC’s powerful HerbMedPro database. Natural Remedies’ adoption enables ABC to further its unique nonprofit research and educational mission by ensuring that HerbMedPro contains the latest scientific and clinical research on this respected traditional medicinal and aromatic herb.”

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