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Holy Basil, Royal Jelly, Rescue Remedy, Alfalco & B5

August 2004 - Print | Index

I hope this note finds you calm, tranquil and happy. If, however, you are overwhelmed or feeling any stress, here are some notes about regaining equilibrium.

Holy Basil also known as Tulsi: Holy Basil is a remarkable ancient Ayurvedic herb that reduces stress and protects the body from disruption, disease, and deterioration. It is also known as Tulsi, which translated means “the Incomparable One”.

The most fascinating feature of this herb is its powerful effect to influence the body’s physiological and psychological responses to stress!

There are two basic causes of stress - physical and emotional. Each produces changes in our bodies that result in an explosion of free radicals, complex chemicals and hormones, all which affect our physical and mental capabilities.

Physical stress often can be positive, strengthening our system and under extreme circumstances called upon to save our life. Emotional stress, on the other hand, is most often harmful and considered the “silent killer”.

Stress activates the adrenal glands which produce the chemical – cortisol. During high physical stress cortisol is beneficial and helps us to maintain adequate blood sugar and blood pressure. With long periods of high emotional stress, however, there is an overproduction of cortisol that encourages the development of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, brain damage, immune dysfunction, obesity, inflammation, heart disease, and premature aging.

A frightening list, but Holy Basil is one of the very most effective herbs to address the reduction of cortisol levels in one’s body.

By reducing cortisol it not only acts as a preventative but also aids weight loss, and reduces sugar cravings and blood sugar levels. Holy Basil (Tulsi) also increases emotional stability, physical endurance, and is a COX-2 inhibitor of inflammatory enzymes.

For over 5000 years of use Holy Basil (Tulsi) has shown to be safe. In India it is revered for its ability to assist meditation and increased states of awareness. It aids the creation of harmony, calm, and deeper consciousness. It works internally throughout the body and mind to enlighten and foster comprehension.

Holy Basil is available as an herbal extract from New Chapter, and Tulsi Tea from Om Organics.

Pantothenic Acid

Along with Holy Basil, the vitamin pantothenic acid (B5) has dramatic effects as an anti-stress nutrient. Pantothenic acid (B5) prevents cell oxidation, cellular damage, and is a precursor to cortisone production by the adrenal glands. It is also involved in the synthesis of all steroids, helps to reduce depression, and converts fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy. Pantothenic acid is very important in the formation of immune system antibodies. Allergy problems are greatly reduced with its use along with Vitamin C. I usually use a ratio of 500mg B5 to 1000mg C.

Royal Jelly

Interestingly, pantothenic acid is found in high concentrations in a food that is also extremely beneficial for stress and premature aging – royal jelly. Royal jelly is the food fed to the queen bee that greatly extends her life span and enables her to brood an entire hive. It is also filled with other B complex vitamins as well as biopterin, a powerful brain nutrient. Not only does royal jelly aid the body’s handling of stress, it also beautifies the skin and increases virility.

Rescue Remedy

One other product important to include when thinking of reducing stress is the Bach Flowers’ Rescue Remedy. It is sold in pharmacies throughout the world. This product never ceases to amaze me. I have experienced its dramatic impact. Often with emotional stress one feels outside one’s own body, almost incapable of clear thinking. When Rescue Remedy is used I feel like my mind merges with the intelligence of the body, resulting in a state of composure. Events are manageable; life is manageable. I especially found it useful before an airline flight, with the shock of a broken bone, and the stress of everyday life.


In the homeopathic world, I have found a product that is quite incredible – Alfalco. It not only reduces stress, but also builds strength by reducing fatigue and relieving sleeplessness. It is an alfalfa tonic, high in trace minerals and buoyed with a wonderful combination of homeopathically prepared herbs by B&T (Boericke & Tafel). It truly does what the label says, “fight daytime fatigue & nighttime sleeplessness caused by worry, overwork, stress, & tension – Helps you feel yourself again!”

Being a merchant and health advocate, I try every product in the store and am quite sensitive to stimulants. After taking a product that contained caffeine I became jittery and felt discomfort, especially in my legs. After taking two tablespoons of Alfalco, a complete wave of calm washed through my body, restoring comfort and composure. It was great! You might want to try Alfalco sometime yourself.

The BEST of health to you!
Michael LeVesque, President

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.