Holy Basil for Stress Relief and Emotional Well Being

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I decided to try an herbal supplement, called Holy Basil, to help me with insomnia. I’ve noticed that it does have a calming effect which helps me to fall asleep faster. What I have also noticed though, is that Holy Basil has also seemed to take the edge off of my stresses and constant worrying.

I think one of the main reasons for me not falling asleep or staying asleep at night is due to an overactive mind. I tend to think and worry a lot, resulting in a lot of anxiety. Holy Basil seems to calm down the noise in my head, helping me to feel more relaxed.

I found out about the benefits of Holy Basil from the Dr. Oz show. Another more well known name for Holy Basil is called Tulsi. On the Dr. Oz show, it was said that Holy Basil can help fight stress. I primarily bought the supplement to help with insomnia, however, I’ve also noticed a difference in my reaction to stress as well.

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I feel as though Holy Basil may also be helping by lifting my spirits a bit. On the bottle of Holy Basil that I had purchased, it says that Holy Basil promotes feelings of emotional well being and that it helps with stress. It also states that this herbal supplement supports a healthy respiratory system function as well. Might I add, I have not been sick since I’ve taken this supplement, even though I have been around people who had cold and flu symptoms.

This herbal supplement seems to be helping me so far with taking the edge off of my anxiety, low mood and stress levels. I still do experience stress, anxiety and low moods, however, Holy Basil may be helping to lessen the severity of my symptoms. Maybe the longer I take it, the better my symptoms will get.

I did an experiment for a week to see how the Holy Basil affected me. I decided to stop taking Holy Basil for an entire week. What I noticed was that I really did feel a difference when I had not been taking the supplement. I felt an increase in my symptoms of anxiety as well as a lower mood. So far, Holy Basil has been helping me by lessening some of the anxiety, stress and worry, so I will stick with it and see how long the effects will last. Anything that takes the edge off, even if a little bit, is helpful to me.

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If you are experiencing low mood, anxiety, high stress levels and/or insomnia, you may want to try Holy Basil to see if it might help you. You may want to talk to your medical doctor or mental health therapist first when trying a new supplement.

The good thing about an herbal supplement is that while it could still have the potential to cause some side effects, I think it is better than the risk of taking a prescription medication, which seem to have more side effects than natural remedies.

Biotin: How Does it Benefit Me and Where Can I Find It?

If you are pregnant, suffer from hair loss or brittle nails, skin problems, or have diabetes, then you may benefit from Biotin. Even if you don’t suffer from ailments and conditions, Biotin is a needed water soluble B-vitamin, regardless of age, that assists enzymes and metabolic reactions in the body.

To keep it simple, Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and it assists in metabolizing fatty and citric acids. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

A Biotin deficiency is rare as the body requires only a small amount and unused portions are recycled in the body. However, it does have serious consequences if a person is lacking in it, such as: skin and hair problems, cholesterol issues (particularly in diabetics), and heart problems.

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Some symptoms include: loss of hair, eyelashes, brittle nails, skin issues, and conjunctivitis. For pregnant women, a lack of this deficiency can cause birth defects.

The general population are able to fulfill the daily required amount through a variety of foods such as: egg yolks, brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast, liver, cauliflower, legumes, sardines, salmon, bananas, carrots, and mushrooms.

However, you may consider taking Biotin as a supplement if you are a picky eater, practice special dieting, eat a lot of raw eggs, drink alcohol excessively, use certain anti-seizure medications, take oral antibiotics, or have certain intestinal conditions.

Patients that are hospitalized and are feed intravenously, may also be deficient. Also, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant may be not be absorbing enough Biotin, even though they are taking a prenatal vitamin, as these pills do include this source. So, be sure to ask your doctor about “Biotin only” supplements.

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Ingesting biotin can be used to aid in pre-exisitng condition. It can strengthen hair and nails, as well as improve the appearance of your skin. Whatever the case, using a multivitamin with this supplement it is also good dietary practice to ensure to you getting a providing a sufficient amount to your body.

Biotin supplements can also be found at local health food stores or on-line. It is recommended that topical amounts not be used as a source of intake as the body processes biotin through the body metabolically.

Whether you are interested in preventing or curbing a medical condition, also remember to consult a physician first, particularly if you are pregnant, have diabetes, suffer from seizures, or have a heart condition.