Choosing some natural treatment before taking any prescription medicine is always a better option. People use all types of herbs to help treat all sorts of health issues. One such incredibly healing herb is Basil.
Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, is a very aromatic plant with oval shaped and mostly green leaves. There are sixty types of basil, each different in looks and taste.
Basil was used from ancient Greek, Egyptians, Romans, and Indian people. They all used it to treat asthma, diabetes, kidney stones, impotence, allergies, infertility, etc.
One of the key benefits of basil is the ability to help fight free radical damage while protecting DNA structure and cells. Basil contains two important flavonoid antioxidants, known as orientin and viceninare, which help protect white blood cells responsible for immune function, as well as cellular structures where DNA is stored.
Another powerful antioxidant found in basil is the beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A within the body. Vitamin A prevents cholesterol oxidation and protects the heart and blood vessels in the process. Beta-carotene is also excellent for the prevention of various diseases like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which are usually the result of free radicals.
Excellent for your heart and blood vessels
Both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food, basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax, promoting healthy blood pressure. Benefits of basil include the ability to help prevent dangerous platelet aggregation, clumping together of blood platelets that can form a clot within the arteries and cause cardiac arrest.
Basil extracts also reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, which can build up fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque and increase the risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Another one of the benefits of basil essential oils is to provide protection against harmful bacterial growth. In studies, basil extract is even shown to be helpful in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotic treatments.
Combats stress by acting as an ‘Adaptogen’
Studies show that basil has strong potential to act as a natural adaptogen, an herbal medicine that helps the body adapt to stress and to normalize the harmful effects of stressors on bodily processes.
For example, when researchers studied the anti-stress effects of fresh basil leaves given to experimental subjects that were exposed to a high-stress environment, they found a significant improvement in oxidative stress levels following basil use.
Basil in the kitchen
Thanks to its unique flavor, basil is used in many cuisines throughout the world. Always add it at the end of the cooking to preserve its flavor. Choose fresh basil whenever possible.
Also, chop some garlic and fresh basil leaves and add some olive oil to make a delicious sauce to spice up bruschetta, pasta, and other similar dishes.
Another option to use basil is to make a lovely icy desert. Chop it up and combine it with water, lemon juice, and sugar cane juice.
Pour the mixture into your ice cube tray and freeze. When the cubes are frozen, blend them using a blender and serve the ice dessert in a Mediterranean style.