Basil grows in warm tropical places and has its origins in India. It is found in other Asian countries too. It belongs to the mint family having light green silky leaves and white flowers .The basil plant grows to be 30-130cm tall. Basil is used as medicine and cuisine seasoning.
They differ in appearance and taste. Some of the flavors are sweet (holy) basil, lemon, anise and cinnamon.
Health Benefits of Basil:
It is an anti-oxidant. It prevents premature aging, age related problems and cancer.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains Eugenol, which blocks activity of an enzyme named cyclooxygenase, which causes swelling in arthritis patients.
It is useful in effectively treating acne and psoriasis.
It works as a moisturizer for skin and hair.
It relieves cold, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
In aromatherapy, it provides mental strength, clarity and calming effect on those who suffer from depression and/or migraines.
Other Health Benefits of Basil:
It is an anti-bacterial. It restricts growth of bacteria (like staphylococcus, enterococcus and pseudomonas) that those that have turned resistant to antibiotics.
It contains flavonoids, which protect our cell structures and chromosomes from radiation and damaged caused from oxidation.
It contains beta-carotene which protects epithelial cells lining many body structures and blood vessels from” free radical damage” which can lead to arthritis and cancer.
It also contains magnesium, which makes muscles and blood vessels relax, enhances blood flow and lessens the chances of arrhythmia. In addition, it contains iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins C and K, and dietary fibers.
Basil tea treats constipation, cramps in the stomach, flatulence and indigestion.
It is an effective anti-vomiting agentAlso, it prevents food poisoning in uncooked food.
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