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March 2022

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates








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From fighting bad breath or gum disease without the use of chemical mouthwash to pushing glucose levels down, holy basil -- also known as tulsi -- can be your powerful tool for great health.

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is an aromatic herb that is widely celebrated in India within Ayurvedic medicine. According to the ancient wellness system, it's an "elixir of life" for its many flexible health uses and benefits. In the modern world, holy basil is an "herb for all reasons" for its ability to address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress via a range of pharmacological actions.

Part of the Lamiaceae family, Ocimum sanctum is believed to originate in north central India and today grows in the eastern tropics. It is a known potent adaptogen, believed to help with adaptation to stress and promote homeostasis in the body. Here are three powerful reasons to try holy basil and make it part of your wellness arsenal.

1.Oral Health

Chlorhexidine is an antimicrobial agent that remains the conventional standard for addressing bacteria present in the mouth. It is also often prescribed as an antimicrobial oral wash for the beginnings of gum disease, helping to prevent gingivitis.

This drug, however, is not without side effects, such as greater likelihood of teeth staining and altered taste sensation with prolonged use. There's also growing recognition that using harsh antimicrobials in your mouth negatively alters your oral microbiome.

Holy basil is considered a natural alternative to chemical mouthwash. A double-blind randomized trial randomly assigned 60 patients to three groups: those using holy basil, another using aloe vera and the third using chlorhexidine mouthwash.

All subjects were treated with scaling and asked to rinse with their assigned mouthwash twice daily for a month. Results indicated that holy basil was as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing plaque, gingivitis and bleeding at 30-day intervals. Like aloe vera's, its benefit may stand for the long term.

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 30 individuals used holy basil mouthwash, chlorhexidine mouthwash or a sterile water rinse twice every day for four days.[v] Holy basil acted effectively against P. intermedia and F. nucleatum, two pathogens known to cause gum infection. It also demonstrated an antiplaque effect, with no significant difference from chlorhexidine's action.

In tackling the potential causes of bad breath and related oral health woes, there is a wealth of natural options that are worth exploring besides commercial, chemical-based mouthwash products.

2. Stress and Anxiety Fighter

The current and emerging science on holy basil as a potent adaptogen reinforces Ayurvedic wisdom, which suggests that the herb is an effective tonic for the body, mind and spirit. One of its benefits is helping reduce stress and anxiety, a problem afflicting millions worldwide.

In a study, fresh leaves of holy basil were tested for antistress activity against experimentally induced oxidative stress in animal models.The subjects received 2 grams (g) of fresh leaves each for 30 days.

According to the results, holy basil had potential antistress action that can be partially attributed to its antioxidant properties. This antioxidant effect was found in other studies to back many of its pharmacological actions, with phenolic compounds including eugenol, circilineol, isothymusin, isothymonin, rosmarinic acid and zinc, an antioxidant mineral.

A separate study concluded that holy basil was effective in managing the effects of stress by inhibiting the release of cortisol and other stress-inducing processes in the body.

These psychotherapeutic properties of holy basil were deemed comparable to diazepam as well as antidepressant drugs. Animal studies further revealed memory and cognitive enhancement, alongside memory protection during aging.

3. Antidiabetes Action

Virtually all parts of the plant can help reduce blood sugar, particularly in those who have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Holy basil may also be effective against weight gain, hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and high cholesterol.

Findings of a 2020 study showed that the active crude extract of holy basil leaves and its active fractions, namely ethyl acetate/butanol, could provide significant glucose-lowering effects because of the presence of polyphenols. "In conclusion, isolation of the active components … may pave the way to the development of new agents for the treatment of diabetes and its complications," the researchers wrote.

To use holy basil and incorporate it into your daily regimen, keep some tea bags handy especially during travels. You may consume it every four to six hours while on the move, preferably starting and ending the day with it.

Organic tulsi capsules are also available: 1 g a day as a preventative or 2 g a day if already feeling unwell, or as directed by your doctor. Learn more about this medicinal food via the holy basil scientific research available on the database.

The GMI Research Group (GMIRG) is dedicated to investigating the most important health and environmental issues of the day.  Special emphasis will be placed on environmental health.  Our focused and deep research will explore the many ways in which the present condition of the human body directly reflects the true state of the ambient environment.




By Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

The word ‘Meditation’ scares a lot of people! They don’t even attempt meditating because they feel it requires intense concentration and discipline. They believe it is only for the enlightened and disciplined. This is just not true.

The essence of meditation is to just be. That is, to be with yourself in the moment and to rest in the lap of your Being. We are so used to rushing around and doing things all the time that it seems difficult to just be. To meditate is to give yourself some time where you do not have to think, do or achieve. You just have to be. Once you get to taste the joy of just being, you will begin to enjoy meditation and not find it hard anymore.

There are plenty of meditation techniques and each has its own value. But one of the simplest ways to meditate is with the help of your own breath.

Do this simple 5-minute meditation at least once every day. You can also do it whenever you are rushed and stressed and losing touch with yourself in the process. Incidentally, that is when you will benefit most from it. Taking these 5 minute breaks to just BE will nourish your body, mind and spirit and also help you get back to your daily routine with renewed energy.

This is how you do it

1.  Ensure that you will not be disturbed for five minutes and that your mobile phone is turned off. This time is for you and you alone.
2.  Have a timer set for after five minutes so you will know you have given yourself a full five minutes of quiet time.
3.  Sit or lie down comfortably.
4.  Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
5.  Visualize a huge upturned cosmic lotus over you. As you lie still, visualize that you are bathed in a shower of Reiki streaming down from this lotus.
6.  Bring your awareness to your breathing. Breathe in and out very naturally. That is all you need to do.
7.  If you find thoughts entering your mind, do not resist them. Just go back to being aware of your breath.
8.  Do this for the next five minutes. Once your timer goes off, you can slowly open your eyes and resume your normal routine.

That was easy right? Please don’t try to convince yourself that you don’t have even five minutes to spare for this! If you don’t have it, you need to create it. This is for your own growth and well being.

So, go for it! ☺

Learn more about meditation and about Reiki

BY Phylameana lila Desy

Huna means "secret" in Hawaiian. Huna, in its purest form, is ancient knowledge enabling a person to connect to his or her highest wisdom within.

Understanding and utilizing the fundamentals, or "seven principles," of Huna is intended to bring about healing and harmony through the power of the mind.

This healing art and earth science is spiritual in nature. Experiencing its concepts gives us the opportunity to integrate mind, body, and spirit. One might acknowledge Huna teachings as one of nature's tools helpful in development of inner knowing and enhancing innate psychic abilities.

Seven Principles of Huna

2. KALA - There are no limits, everything is possible.
3. MAKIA - Energy flows where attention goes.
4. MANAWA - Now is the moment of power.
5. ALOHA - To love is to be happy with.
6. MANA - All power comes from within.
7. PONO - Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

The seven principles of Huna shown here are attributed to Serge Kahili King, founder of The Aloha Project, an organization that evolved to bring people together who are aligned with Hawaiian culture, spirituality, and healing.

About the Founder of Huna: Max Freedom Long

Elementary teacher Max Freedom Long was intrigued by Native Hawaiian healing practices. It became a passion for him to explore and theorize on these methods in his collected works. He founded the Huna Fellowship in 1945 and published several books about Huna.

Huna Reference Library

Many of these titles are difficult to find in print, but fortunately there are e-book or Kindle editions that can be found. 

Growing Into Light by Max Freedom Long
Huna, The Secret Science at Work: The Huna Method as a Way of Life by Max Freedom Long
The Secret Science Behind Miracles by Max Freedom Long
The Huna Code in Religions: The Influence of the Huna Tradition on Modern Faith by Max Freedom Long
What Jesus Taught in Secret: A Huna Interpretation of the Four Gospels by Max Freedom Long
The Heart of Huna by Laura Kealoha Yardley
Earth Energies: A Quest for the Hidden Power of the Planet by Serge Kahili King
Imagineering for Health by Serge Kahili King
Kahuna Healing: Holistic Health and Healing Practices of Polynesia by Serge Kahili King
Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King
Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide to the Huna Way by Serge King
Huna: A Beginner's Guide by Enid Hoffman
Huna: The Ancient Religion of Positive Thinking by William R. Glover
The Story of the Huna Work by Otha Wingo

Desy, Phylameana lila. "The 7 Principles of Hawaiian Huna." Learn Religions, Sep. 9, 2021,


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Conscious Breathwork to Break Through Resistance & Awaken Your Authentic, Luminous Self: On Saturday, December 4, world-renowned breathwork trainer Anthony Abbagnano will help you discover how conscious breathwork can help you get to the roots of stuck patterns — buried deep in your subconscious — and not only release their obstructive energies, but allow exciting new perspectives and possibilities to surface… as your deepest wisdom is revealed, integrated, and lived.

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