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What are some precautions about using holy basil?

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A relative of the common culinary sweet basil, holy basil is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for a variety of problems, including the common cold, fever, and insect and snake bites.

Holy basil may cause side effects, such as:

Avoid holy basil if you’re allergic to the plants in the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Don’t use it if you also take blood-thinning drugs or are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased bleeding
  • Upset stomach

From: Holy Basil WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Holy basil ( .)." Ocimum sanctum L

Hakkim, F. , Oct. 31, 2007. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Mondal, S. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, October-December, 2009.

National Institutes of Health: "Ocimum sanctum L (Holy Basil or Tulsi) and its phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of cancer."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Holy basil ( .)." Ocimum sanctum L

Hakkim, F. , Oct. 31, 2007. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Mondal, S. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, October-December, 2009.

National Institutes of Health: "Ocimum sanctum L (Holy Basil or Tulsi) and its phytochemicals in the prevention and treatment of cancer."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

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