The herb called Holy Basil: Findings from many investigations (but mostly with animals with the belief that humans have similar result) find holy basil might have some effects as a painkiller, a COX-II anti-inflammatory agent, an antioxidant, and as a treatment for bacterial, fungal and even viral infections. There is also evidence (again, only from animal studies) that holy basil might help control blood sugar.
The most compelling evidence reviewed indicates that holy basil may help counteract the effects of stress. In fact, preparations made from holy basil are widely used to treat stress-related health problems in India and elsewhere. One study, published in 1991 in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, compared holy basil to Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and found that holy basil was the most potent anti-stress agent of the three, and also had the highest level for safety. These studies, as well as a dozen others found in a search of medical literature, was conducted in laboratory animals, not humans.
I know that holy basil is being promoted as a treatment for reducing both stress and elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and to promote physical and emotional endurance.
- If you’re seeking to manage stress, breathing exercises and regular aerobic exercise are more important first steps. Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. However, some practitioners say that they see good results with holy basil in combination with lifestyle modification and that this herb works quickly.
Now for Pumpkin Seed Extract; I am just learning about the simple benefits of this which promotes more relaxed deeper sleep:
Studies have shown that poor sleepers are lacking in Tryptophan, the amino acid responsible for the sleep process and also for tranquillity. Tryptophan, in daylight hours metabolises into Serotonin which we are familiar with as the feel-good chemical that lowers anxiety. In hours of darkness, a further metabolism takes place, changing Serotonin to Melatonin, the body’s own sleep-inducing chemical.
Pumpkin Seed Extract contains a concentrated amount of Tryptophan. When combined this with a carbohydrate, dextrose, this combination creates a natural food environment which the body immediately recognizes and knows exactly what to do with. It is therefore quickly and easily able to cross the blood brain barrier and gets to work making you calm or sleepy.
RECIPE FOR SLEEP:
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds that you have blended into powder
1/2 cup low-fat milk OR Almond Milk if lactose intolerant or even just water
1 Tbsp. honey
Blending the pumpkin seeds into a powder is necessary to release the tryptophan a little easier by removing the shell. Commercial-grade or pharmaceutical-strength tryptophan and melatonin are absorbed into our system a little too quickly. This pumpkin seed extract will provide a slow release of these neuro-hormones into your body, which will help you stay asleep longer.
Let me know if you try this mixture and how it works for you and I will post it on-line.