Ocimum tenuifloram also known as basil is a small plant originating from India and is used in the preparation of various medicines and finds its usage in Ayurveda too due to its various medicinal properties. Ocimum tenuifloram is also considered to be holy according to the Hindu mythology and thus finds its place in Hindu shrines and houses for worship too. This plant variety is known to be a great remedy in treating various serious to common health issues such as influenza, asthma, common cold, H1N1 (Swine) flu, ear ache, stomach upset, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, heart diseases, bronchitis, malaria and many more disorders as well. This treasure from nature is known to treat scorpion or snake bites, treat mercury poisoning, as well as effective as a mosquito repellent other than increasing longevity in humans too! With equally great benefits for the skin as well, ocimum tenuifloram is great to treat skin infections as well. Loaded with a series of health benefits, it is pretty surprising to find that this small plant with so many medicinal properties can have side effects too, but it is indeed true.
Some of the unexpected side effects of basil
Thinning Of Blood
It is said that the consumption of the leaves of ocimum tenuifloram is dangerous in patients who are having anti-clotting medicines such as heparin and velapharin and also for ones who are going in for a surgery and should stop the consumption atleast two weeks before the surgery. Ocimum tenuifloram makes the blood thinner which can pose a major problem in people as any cuts will not stop bleeding easily and thus will result in excessive blood loss which can even be fatal for people who are going in for surgeries.
Hormonal And Sperm Count Impact
It has been seen that consumption of the leaves of the plant ocimum tenuifloram is not favorable for men who are suffering from infertility issues or low sperm count problems. This is due to the fact that this medicinal plant impacts the sperm count and reduces its production along with decreasing the secretion of the leutinizing hormone and the follicle stimulating hormone, and in turn increasing the level of testosterone in the body.
Can Cause Hypoglycemic Condition
Intake of ocimum tenuifloram is also known to lower the blood glucose in the body and thus people suffering from diabetes, who are as well taking in diabetic medication should keep their consumption in check. Excessive intake of this plant leave along with the regular medications may lead to hypoglycemia whose symptoms include dizziness, fainting, shaking and irritability. Lowering of blood sugar level in the body is a serious issue if not treated initially, and thus the sugar levels should be kept in check at all times.
During Pregnancy And Breast Feeding
Another side effect of this super plant, ocimum tenuifloram is that it interferes with the body’s normal processes in case of pregnancy. Thus, it is advisable for pregnant women; someone who is trying to get pregnant or even a breastfeeding woman to completely avoid the intake of this plant’s leaves in any form. In case that these plants leaves are consumed in excess during pregnancy it has the ability to affect both the fetus and the mother. Along with this, it can pose issues later during child birth as ocimum tenuifloram is anti-inflammatory in nature which deflates the uterus in women which affects the usual child birth process as well. Consumption of this in excess can also lead to issues in the menstruation cycle as it induces bleeding and back pains in pregnant women too!
Ocimum tenuifloram contains an element known as estragole which is not dangerous in herb form. However, the oil extracts of this plant contains high levels of estragole which is enough to cause cancer in humans if taken excessively.