Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil, or tulasi is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshipped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. It is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of "elixir of life" and believed to promote longevity. PHS concentrated Organic Holy Basil carries a full spectrum of oleonolic acid, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol and carvacrol which are thought to be some of the active constituents in Holy Basil.
Historically, Epimedium has been used in Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac. A goat herder observed increased sexual activity of his flock after they grazed on the herb. This legend has basis in modern science, as they have discovered that icariin. an ingredient in Epimedium, acts to relax smooth muscle and increase nitric oxide activity similar to the drug (sildenifil) (Viagra). Animal studies have also shown icariin increases osteoblastic activity and thus, may have some use in cases of osteoporosis.
Popular today for use as an aphrodisiac.
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