Having an organic herb garden may come in handy especially if you love to cook, and you shouldn’t forget to include basil on the list of herbs. This herb is one of the more famous ones, used in cooking both fish and meat. Not to mention it’s one of the main ingredients of pesto.
But aside from adding flavor to your favorite dishes, organic plants like basil are also a source of numerous benefits. If basil is still not in your garden, it’s not too late to get it. Here’s a list of the benefits you can get from this herb.
What nutrients can I get from basil?
Basil is one of the healthiest herbs and commonly referred to as the “holy herb”. It has high level of vitamin K, which is essential for bone strengthening and mineralization. It’s also needed for the production of clotting factors in the blood.
Two tablespoons of basil will provide you with 29% of your daily recommended value.
It also contains essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also, they’re capable of decreasing the growth of harmful bacteria like E. coli, staphylococcus, and listeria, among others.
Basil also has antioxidant properties, having high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A serves as protection from lung and oral cavity cancers, is essential for having good vision, and is important in maintaining healthy mucusa and skin.
Moreover, zeaxanthin found in basil helps in filtering harmful UV rays from reaching the retina. At the same time, it is an antioxidant that helps protect the elderly from age-related macular disease (AMRD).
Basil also contains large amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and iron is an important component of hemoglobin in our blood.
What other benefits that I can get?
A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science proved that basil oil is effective in fighting bacteria that causes pimples. However, before trying this to remedy your acne breakout, discuss it with your doctor especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
It also effective in insect stings and bites. Chewing up basil and applying it to the bite will help relieve the pain and draw out the venom. Moreover, for ladies, if it’s the time of the month, eating a little more basil will help replenish the iron that you lost during menstruation.
Furthermore, according to botanist James Duke, Ph.D, basil also has anti- anxiety effects. It is because of the phytochemicals that it contains; they lower cortisol, the hormone secreted when you feel tense.
Likewise, it can also help relieve your stress. Just add 2 cups of strong basil leaf tea to a warm bath and feel its relaxing effect into your body.
Indeed, this herb does a lot of wonders. Not only it makes your food delicious, it also provides you with alternative remedies to common health problems without worrying about harsh side-effects.
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