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HOLY BASIL BATMAN!

Posted by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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 Joking aside, is it safe for breastfeeding?

I ask because I'm a natural minded mama, and I like using herbs where I can and from what I read Holy Basil can help me in a few areas where I desperately need it!


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by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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K8wizzo
by Kate on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Some things I've found in a quick search:

1. Holy basil alters estrogen levels.

2. "There is no research information on holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), in breastfeeding. Often, herbs are advised against in breastfeeding if the effects are not known. In the case of holy basil, the medicinal actions could have an undesirable effect on the baby. There has been some research that suggests that holy basil lowers blood sugar in diabetics, and lowers blood pressure, as well as its antidepressant, antispasmodic and antibacterial actions. 

A therapeutic dose for adults is one printed on the bottle (products have different strengths), recommended by a therapist or written in a scholarly book or article. Michael Tierra, a well known herbalist, sells a product containing an extract of holy basil that is made by using 5 parts of the herb to one part extractant (listed as Holy Basil Extract (5:1), and gives a dosage of one 450 mg capsule daily. He recommends that it not be used in breastfeeding or pregnancy. 

Taking small amounts of fresh holy basil herb with meals is not harmful in pregnancy or breastfeeding. " 
http://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=QandA/Medicinal/20061219-1.html

3. Interesting discussion with mention of side effects: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/188786-dr-hive-holy-basil-batman/

4. http://completewellbeing.com/article/holy-basil-divine-cures/   Holy basil, in ayurvedic medicine, has been used as an anti-helminthic, too. It has also been favoured, by herbalists, to help stimulate lactation in nursing women, and prevent hair loss.

5.  Known as tulsi in India it is commonly consumed by lactating women there.

6. http://ezinearticles.com/?Possible-Side-Effects-of-Drinking-Tulsi-Tea&id=6863099

7.  Lots of scientific stuff... considered fine in moderation. http://www.livestrong.com/article/262976-tulsi-tea-and-pregnancy/

MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
There was another post on this a couple of days ago. You can use it on or in food, but do not take the oil. It may also be to strong as just a supplement. It is definitely a galactagogue. It will increase your supply!
catholicmamamia
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Quoting MusherMaggie: There was another post on this a couple of days ago. You can use it on or in food, but do not take the oil. It may also be to strong as just a supplement. It is definitely a galactagogue. It will increase your supply!

 


                
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