This flavorful and fragrant herb is an excellent, nutritious addition to your favorite pasta sauce, soup or salad. There are also many health benefits of basil plants –
Basil helps to protect cell structure and chromosomes from damage by radiation and oxygen.
Essential oil of basil inhibits the growth of several types of bacteria, which have become resistant to antibiotics.
Basil have healing benefits and provide relief from inflammatory prolems like inflammatory bowel conditions and rheumatoid arthritis.
It is a good source of vitamin A that helps to prevent damage to the cells by free radicals, preventing cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels.
Magnesium, the essential mineral present in basil, helps the heart and blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Other nutrients found in basil are calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C.
Adding fresh basil, whole or shredded to your salad or soup, add a burst of flavor to your dinner.
Juice of basil leaves can be used to bring down fever, if given every 2 to 3 hours in between. Chewing basil leaves relieves from cold and flu.
Extract of basil leaves are used in many of the ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. A decoction of basil leaves with honey and ginger helps in curing respiratory disorder like Asthma and bronchitis, influenza.
If you have sore throat, boil basil leaves in water and have it between 2 to 3 hours or use as a gargle.
The juice of basil leaves and honey, if taken regularly for six month flush out the kidney stones through the urinary tract.
Basil leaves are also considered as an anti-stress agent. If a healthy person chews 12 leaves of basil twice a day. It will help prevent stress and purifies blood and several common elements.
Everyday chewing few leaves cures ulcer and infection in the mouth.
Use basil leaves powder with mustard oil to make a tooth paste. It is useful in maintaining teeth disorders and dental health problems. It helps prevent bad breath and can be used for massaging the gums