Holy Basil


Benefits Of Holy Basil For Stress, Anxiety & Insomnia

By: Connie Trowbridge

Holy basil is an adaptogenic herb that brings the endocrine and hormone system back to balance. People with a high caffeine intake, who are always anxious and stressed out, have trouble shutting off their brain at night, have insomnia or keep waking up often throughout the night should take Holy Basil supplements. It brings down cortisol levels and reverses adrenal fatigue.

Do not be confused with the basil you grow in your garden and top off your pasta with, holy basil is actually the most revered of all the ayurvedic herbs. Also known as Tulsi, holy basil has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine to lower elevated cortisol, regulate blood sugar, ease anxiety, lower stress levels, and help you fall asleep.

Ayurveda & It’s Importance In Modern Lifestyle

Ayurvedic medicines also known as Ayurveda (Sanskrit term that means “the science of life” or “life knowledge”) is a system that originated in northern India over 5000 years ago, and is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

Because of the crazy, high-paced, demanding and at times, overwhelming world most of us live in, holy basil is needed now more than ever. In today’s world, people are working more and relaxing less. They are compromising sleep in order to feel the satisfaction of crossing out more things on their to-do list.

This contributes to feeling like crap, constantly being stressed out, being plagued by anxiety, unable to shut off our brain at night, snapping at everyone and just constantly feeling on the fritz!


What Is Holy Basil?

Holy basil is in the mint family and it’s Latin name is Ocimum sanctum. Holy basil is known in natural medicine as an adaptogenic herb. These types of adaptogenic herbs, work with your endocrine and hormone system to bring you back to balance.

So, when you are having a stressed out day, and you are taking holy basil, it is actually helping your body to better adapt to the stress you are experiencing, and help you function as optimally as possible during that stressful time.

Who Should Take Holy Basil?

If you are someone who:

Drinks a lot of coffee or has a high caffeine intake.Is highly active and works out a lot.Is a high anxiety person.Feels stressed out all the time.Is a worrywart.Has trouble shutting off your brain at night.Has insomnia, trouble sleeping or wake up often throughout the night.Has elevated cortisol levels.Has adrenal fatigue.

Then, this herb will do wonders for you!

What Are The Health Benefits Of Holy Basil?

For those of you who don’t know, according to Medline Plus: “The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can not live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones.”

When you get stressed out, your body releases too much cortisol. Since, we register stress from all things such as a work deadline, a hard and long workout, a relationship, sitting in traffic, watching TV, eating sugar, drinking coffee, etc. your body is constantly releasing excess cortisol. This cortisol interferes with the other hormones you have, and you wind up with a hormonal imbalance.

The more cortisol you have, the more stress your adrenal glands begin to experience. In simple words, if you are stressing out (remember, there are many types of stress) then your adrenal glands are spewing out that cortisol over and over again, and you end up having some sort of hormonal imbalance.

Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance

Your hormonal imbalance may manifest as:

Lack of sleep.
Excess belly fat & weight gain.
Feeling tired even when you get a full night’s sleep, or have trouble getting out of bed.
You get sick easily.
You have PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) or PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
You crave unhealthy foods like sugar, carbs, and caffeine.
Your sex drive is in the crapper.
You have gut problems such as nausea, heartburn, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or constipation.
You feel anxious often.
You feel sad, blue and slightly depressed.
You have to pee a lot.
You are moody and irritable.
Your hands and feet feel excessively cold during the day.
You get muscle cramps.

So, to wrap this up, it is very important for your overall well-being for you to manage and eliminate your many forms of stress and their triggers. One way you can do this is with Holy Basil.

Recommended Dosage Of Holy Basil

There are a few forms of holy basil out there, such as supplement and tea form. I myself love the supplement form and feel the effects of it within 20 or so minutes. Jim Nicolai, MD, Medical Director of the Andrew Weil, MD, Integrative Wellness Program at Miraval in Tucson recommends 1-2 capsules in the early evening.

I don’t know about you, but I get stressed out easily in the winter. The gray days, cold weather, lack of sunshine and fresh air, can get me kind of cranky and depressed. Holy basil is a must for me during the winter season.


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For What Binds Us


For What Binds Us
Jane Hirshfield, 1953


There are names for what binds us:
strong forces, weak forces.
Look around, you can see them:
the skin that forms in a half-empty cup,
nails rusting into the places they join,
joints dovetailed on their own weight.
The way things stay so solidly
wherever they’ve been set down—
and gravity, scientists say, is weak.

And see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
more strong
than the simple, untested surface before.
There’s a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,

as all flesh
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest-

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric that nothing can tear or mend.


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Beautifully Broken


“She made broken look beautiful & strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders & made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu


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Caps VS Panthers


Last night, my husband & I watched the hockey game. Per usual, we watched the warm ups & opening.

Last night was intense to say the least. They began with a song & dedication to the fallen students & teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Watching the photos of the fallen scroll by with their names, their ages & a very short description of them was heartbreaking. Watching the grown men of the Florida hockey team & the Florida fans in the crowd (the game was in Florida) cry had me in tears.

They had spot lights on the ice & in each circle was the name of a fallen person.

It was a tragically beautiful ceremony, not to mention the little boy who sang, “God Bless America,” since they haven’t been televising the National Anthem.

It was an incredibly emotional opening ceremony. But because of openings like these & the many, many other things the NHL does to support it’s community, I will be a hockey fan for as long as they are so amazing.

God Bless America y’all! 🇺🇸

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Keep it Together


This week has been CRAY & it’s only three something in the morning on Wednesday!

I’ve been dreading this week for a while now & I know I wasn’t wrong. It’s kicking my butt.

Emotions are high, information is on overload, a lot is left to my faith in God & the decisions of others. I’m praying for positive outcomes.

Heavy duty anxiety is trying so incredibly hard to take me down. I won’t let it though.


“It takes ten times longer to put yourself back together than it does to fall apart” Finnick, Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

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STOP – You Don’t Know


You don’t look sick.

You don’t seem anxious.

You don’t act depressed.

What are these weird diseases you are talking about? Are they real?

Yoga and cannabis oil will fix everything.

Do you really spend that much time on the toilet? That seems extensive.

Why do you share so much? Do you want attention?

Do you really think you’re helping anyone with your “journey?”



Turn my body inside out, I’m sicker than you could probably ever imagine. I don’t seem anxious or act depressed? Well, there IS a computer screen between us. A face-to-face meeting would change your mind in a heartbeat. YES, these diseases are real and I indeed have them. Don’t read my entire blog for the information I’ve shared about them? Look them up. It ain’t purdy.

I will NOT use cannabis anything. It’s a personal choice. I’m not judging others for using the oils, so don’t judge me for not. It’s not something I’m interested in.

Yes, I’m on the toilet A LOT! Thanks for asking 🙂

I share because YES, people have reached out to me saying that sharing my story and my “journey” has helped them. It’s got nothing to do with attention. I’m a real woman. If I want attention, I will ask.

Step back, think first and then speak – if you must.

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This Week & My Reality


This week is going to be insanely busy for me. My anxiety is already through troposphere just thinking about it.

Three appointments. One that is absurdly out of the way (thank the good Lord above that my husband & mother-in-law will be with me), one that is right up the road, but about a VERY SERIOUS health issue & one that is somewhere I’ve never been before (again, thank the good Lord that my husband will be able to take me).

Out of everything going on right now (preparing for my disability hearing, having tests done in preparation for a hysterectomy & Barotholin gland removal, booking an appointment with a psycho doctor, etc) the thing hanging over my head is knowing that I WILL, at some point, need a liver transplant.

I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s some scary business & I’m not talking just for me. Everything I go through, my husband goes through in his own way. I don’t like it. I can’t take whatever ous thrown my way, I’ve been proving that over & over. It’s so unfair to him though. Yeah, it’s unfair to me as well, but he is the one I worry about.

My reality? I’m not going to get better…this is my life, one battle after another – forever.


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