Basil Benefits

Health Benefits of Basil

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Basil is a popular culinary herb, and its essential oils have been used extensively for many years in food products, perfumery, dental and oral products. Basil benefits are now slowly seeping into the consciousness of mainstream life. More and more people are recognising the values of herbs from both medicinal and therapeutic points of view.

As a nutritional herb, basil provides us with several important nutritional substances such as phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, Calcium and Vitamin C. Basil also contains the minerals of iron and magnesium. Basil is also an herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. The following are the multiple benefits of Basil.

1. The leaves of basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against these diseases.

2. The leaves have many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory.

3. Water boiled with basil leaves can be taken in case of sore throat. This water can also be used as a gargle. The leaves must be boiled in a litre of water until it reduces to half and then used.

4. The herb is useful in the treatment of respiratory system disorder. A decoction of the leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold.

5. Basil has strengthening effect on the kidney. In case of renal stone the juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them via the urinary tract.

6. Common paediatric problems like cough cold, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting respond favourably to the juice of basil leaves.

7. Healthy persons can chew 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent stress. It purifies blood and helps prevent several common elements.

8. The leaves are quite effective for the ulcer and infections in the mouth. A few leaves chewed will cure these conditions.

9. The herb is useful in teeth disorders. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhoea and other teeth disorders.

10. Basil makes a good medicine for headache. A decoction of the leaves can be given for this disorder. Pounded leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat, headache, and for providing coolness in general.

11. Basil is also known to have extremely powerful antioxidant properties, especially when it is used in the form of an extract or oil. The natural antioxidants found in basil can protect the body against damage from free radicals, thereby preventing cellular aging, common skin ailments, and even most forms of cancer.

12. Paste of Basil leaves applied to wounds may also eliminate bacterial infections.

13. Carotenoids, such as beta carotene are found in high amounts in basil.  Carotenoids are made into vitamin A inside the body and are known to be powerful antioxidants.

14. Basil also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good food to consume by people who have problems with arthritis.

15. Basil is a source for Vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. It is good for the heart, because it helps to prevent build-up in the arteries and fights free radicals. The magnesium helps blood vessels to relax which increases blood circulation.

16. Basil leaves can be used as an anti vomiting agent in motion sickness and many other vomiting cases.

17. Basil is the best medicine for jaundice. Take ten basil leaves with 10gm of radish juice and consume 10gm with jaggery regularly for one month thrice daily to cure jaundice.

18. It also helps cure tuberculosis due to its antibiotic properties.

19. Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, bladder infections, etc., due to its antibacterial properties.

20. Basil essential oil is also used as a digestive tonic. Basil oil is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in the stomach and intestines.

21. A paste of Basil leaves applied on the face regularly helps to treat acne.

22. Apart from its health benefits, basil is one of the tastiest herbs from a culinary point of view, and it is for its flavour that basil is most well known.  An aromatic plant, the basil is used in the culinary art as a seasoning for diverse meat and sauce dishes.

23. Just wash your eyes daily with a few leaves of basil soaked in water and you will be free from conjunctivitis, boils and many other problems of eyes which are caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infection. It also soothes eyes and reduces stress.

The benefits of Basil are many. Indians believe that worshipping this herb will bring luck to the household. It is a common sight to see a Basil herb in almost every Indian house. This wonder herb is truly a holy herb.

Authorís profile:  The writer is a HR professional whose passion in life is to help others. She has been a Software professional and a Sales executive . She has also been a student counsellor where she found maximum satisfaction and decided to follow this field. She has been instrumental in getting aid for several underprivileged children and wishes to work for children in future especially the deprived ones.

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