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Natural wonder- basil

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Basil, also known as ”tulsi” is a herb that has been blessed with numerous good properties. Apart from culinary use, it finds great deal of application in herbal healing. The medicinal properties account to presence of vitamins and biologically active compounds like oleanolic acid, eugenol, rosmarinic acid, linalool, β-caryophyllene, etc.

Let’s explore the natural wonders of basil…

Heals respiratory disease

Basil is one of the most effective herbal treatments for cough, cold, bronchitis and asthma. If you have a tendency to cough every now and then, then chew 5-6 leaves everyday in the morning.

You can also prepare a herbal medicine by boiling basil, black pepper, clove, and ginger in water. Strain and sip it to get rid of cold, cough and sore throat. You can drink the water boiled with basil leaves for clearing your throat.

Prevents against fever and common cold

Consuming certain amount of basil in any form boosts your immunity against many types of fever like malaria, dengue, flu, etc.  It is also used to bring down high temperatures during acute fever.

Basis for skin problems

Basil oils find application in healing a wide range of skin diseases, infections and inflammation because it has antimicrobial properties. Some skin problems that can be sorted out with basil are itching, ringworm, etc. It’s also used to alleviate pain on skin when affected with chicken pox, leprosy, measles, etc. and prophylactic for insect bite.

Crush some fresh basil leaves and apply over wound, ulcers (of skin and mouth) and cuts over the skin. It acts as an antiseptic.

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Combats stress and improves mood

Basil is an anti stress agent. Studies have shown that chewing 10-12 leaves everyday can keep stress away. Apart from this, the scent of the oil also enhances your alertness to surroundings, relaxes your mind, lightens your head and elevates your mood.

Detoxifies the body

Basil contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds act as natural scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species that lead to various health ailments and accelerate the aging process.

Gives protection to eyes

Zea-xanthin, is the compound present in basil protects the retina from UV damage.  The herb being rich in other anti-oxidants saves your eyes from age-related macular disease (AMRD) in old age. Furthermore, vitamin A improves your vision while the natural oils are essential for maintaining healthy mucus membranes of eyes.

Health and improves complications of digestive system

Basil plays a wonderful role in improving the health of your digestive system. It can solve loss of appetite, vomiting, indigestion, constipation and other problems of the digestive system. To receive all these benefits you can either chew the leaves or drink the juice.

The magic of vitamin K

As compared to other vitamins, vitamin K occurs only in some selected food varieties and basil is one of them. Vitamin K plays a vital role in clotting of blood, building strong bones (enhances bone mineralization), preventing heart diseases and diabetes, etc. Basil is an excellent natural supplement of vitamin K.

For dental health

Basil is one of the key constituents of herbal toothpaste. It protects your tooth and gums from bacterial infections and freshens up your breath. You can form a paste of basil leaves and mustard oil to massage your gums. Basil is also a cure for tooth disorders.

You can grow the plant in your house very easily and pluck 5-6 leaves everyday for chewing. And all the aforementioned natural wonders of basil will definitely prosper on your health.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 27, 2015