8 Incredible Health Benefits Of Basil
Medicinal plants and herbs are nature’s wonderful gifts to mankind and have been used for treating diseases and improving quality of life for ages. Basil or Ocimum Basilicum is one of them. It is an aromatic herb that belongs to family Lamiaceae and is possibly native to India and other tropical areas of Asia.
Holy Basil is usually referred as a “Tulsi” in India and has an important symbol in Hindu tradition. In Hinduism, Tulsi is worshipped as a “goddess” and every part of this plant is considered as a sacred herb.
According to Ayurveda, Tulsi is the “queen of herbs” and also called “Mother medicine of nature”. Throughout history, ancient eastern medicine has been used Basil as a remedy to prevent and treat various illnesses and diseases. It is believed that holy basil promotes purity and lightness in the body, and possesses excellent therapeutic properties. It is a rich source of essential oil, containing eugenol, nerol, camphor and variety of flavonoids. You might have already heard of the culinary use of Basil in different cuisines as an aromatic herb, but along with the culinary uses, it has proven to help prevent and treat the wide range of health conditions. Here are 6 incredible health benefits of Basil (Tulsi).
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Basil has Excellent Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Basil contains the wide range of essential oils especially Beta-caryophyllene, eugenol and linalool. The study shows that Beta caryophyllene has prominent anti-inflammatory activity and helps in reducing swelling and inflammation. According to a recent scientific research, basil actively inhibits the same enzyme that anti-inflammatory drugs do and soothes the swelling and inflammation. It has been observed that Basil reduces swelling and inflammation in arthritic patients by about 73% in less than 24 hours.
Basil is a natural stress reliever
Studies show that Holy Basil can address physical, chemical, metabolic, and psychological stress through a combination of pharmacological action. Also, Holy Basil has a strong potential to act as a potent adaptogen and protects you from the negative effects of all kinds of stress. Adaptogens are the natural substance that helps in enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. They also improve strength, stamina, energy and mental clarity.
Personally, I really enjoy my cup of basil tea to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. This tea is not only delicious but it helps me to unwind at the end of the day.
Basil helps in prevention and treatment of cancer
Holy basil has amazing healing properties. Along with great anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties, Basil also has anti-cancer properties. Studies show Tulsi helps in prevent the spread of malignant cells and support the death of harmful cells. It also protects the normal cell during chemotherapy or radiation.
Basil is a potent anti-bacterial agent
Basil has a combination of different essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, and linalool. This oil has amazing anti-bacterial properties and helps in inhibiting the growth of bacteria. In addition, they also help in protecting you from harmful bacteria and microbes.
Studies show that Basil is effective against all of the clinical strains of E.coli including extended-spectrum beta-lactamase positive bacteria. In addition, it also protects against Candida virus and various forms of skin irritants. Basil is also a known antiviral, anti-fungal and insecticidal agent.
Basil is an excellent anti-oxidant agent
Anti-oxidants are the substance that inhibits oxidation and removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. It also helps in repair damaged molecules. Studies show that basil two important anti-oxidant (orientin and viceninare), these antioxidants help fight oxidation and slow down the effects of aging.
Basil helps in lowering blood sugar level in diabetic people
Basil or Tulsi is a potent hypoglycaemic agent. That means basil leaves can lower the blood sugar level. It also helps lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Studies suggested that Basil leaves may be prescribed as an adjunct to dietary therapy and drug treatment in mild to moderate non-insulin dependent Diabetes mellitus.
Basil has excellent respiratory benefits
Basil has great immune-modulatory (enhance the immune function), anti-tussive (suppression of cough) and expectorant (expel the mucous) properties. These properties help in providing relief in cough, cold and other respiratory illnesses.
Basil is great for the skin
As Basil has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces skin inflammation and prevents skin infections. It also helps in treating minor infections such as acne and ringworm. It helps in detoxification and makes your skin soft, supple and healthy.
So these are some incredible health benefits of Basil or Tulsi. Have you ever observed any of these health benefits? Please share with us!
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