Ow to make basBasil has been cultivated for thousands of years and is used as a spice in various dishes to boost flavor. It is from the mint family and is grown in various varieties but the most common and useful variety is the Holy Basil. It is rich in vitamin K and also contains Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. It is low in calories and contains very minimum carbohydrates and fat contents.
Health Benefits of Basil
It is used as a spice to add flavour to dishes but it also has medicinal properties like antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
- Helps to detoxify your body.
- Improves digestion.
- Helps to alkalize your body and maintain PH level.
- Reduces stress and normalizes the harmful effects on body caused by stress.
- Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Reduces inflammation in the body, which is the root of most diseases.
- Helps to prevent blood clots.
- Protects body from illness and infection.
- Helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Slows down the effects of ageing.
- Helps to get relief from cold and cough.
- Fights depression as it regulates the hormones, which are responsible to make us happy.
- Helps to get relief from stings and bites. For the instant relief chew few fresh leaves and apply on stings and bites.
- Helps to get relief from ear infection by putting a drop of its essential oil in to affected ear.
- Reduces bloating and water retention.
- Helps to lower blood sugar when you consume it on a regular basis.
- Protects against arthritis.
- Helps fight cancer.
- Improves strength and stamina.
- It is rich in vitamin K that helps to absorb calcium in the body, which is essential for bone health.
If you have got any of the above problems start drinking Basil tea twice a day and you will notice the symptoms start to disappear within a few days.
How to make Basil Tea
Put one and half cups of water in a pan and add 15 fresh leaves or 1 tablespoon of dried Basil and put it on the flame. Once the water is about to boil reduce the flame but leave the pan on flame for 10 minutes then remove the pan and cover it with the lid for 5 more minutes. Now the tea is ready to consume. For better results drink this tea when your stomach is empty.
Just because some foods have medicinal properties doesn’t mean that we should start consuming them in large quantities. In order to get medical benefits from it make it a small part of your daily diet.
How to use
Basil is easily available in dry form or fresh in the grocery stores and you can even grow it in containers at home. Before you consume make sure the leaves are fresh, look smooth, have a strong smell and wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt. You can use it in dry form as well. You can include it in your daily diet in different ways. Here are some ways you can use it:
- Sprinkle washed fresh leaves on to salads.
- Add into curries and soups.
- Add into sandwich fillings.
- Add into omelets.
- Add into fresh juices.
- Make into tea.
The way I like to use Basil is by sprinkling them on my salads, sandwich fillings and making a drink. Here is the recipe of my favourite drink that serves 2 adults:
- 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup of fresh pineapple
- 3 medium sized fresh tomatoes
- ½ fresh cucumber
- A pinch of ground black pepper
Directions: Add all the above ingredients apart from ground black pepper into vegetable juicer and extract the juice then add black pepper and shake well before consuming.