Holy Basil belongs to lamiaceae family and is considered to be native to INDIA. It is one of the most widely grown herb or plant through out the world. There are more than 100 varieties of basil are found around the world. It is packed with medicinal properties and has been used for centuries in Indian traditional medicines. It is also used in variety of cuisines that is why it is also called ” QUEEN OF HERBS “. According to Indian tradition holy basil has many spiritual beliefs and is planted in almost every home as there is is belief that holy basil brings happiness and prosperity.
BOOST IMMUNITY :
Holy basil is such a powerful herb which helps you to boost your immune system as it is rich in antioxidants which helps to fight with free radicals, cold, flu, infection and virus of any type. You can simply consume 1-2 fresh leaves of holy basil in the morning to make your immune system strong or you can take basil drops in a glass of warm water for strong immunity. Holy basil is such a powerful herb that it can even fight with cancer.
TREATS INSECT BITES :
Holy basil can help in treating insect or mosquito bite as it contains eugenol, thymol which both helps to soothe itching caused due to insect bite. Holy basil also contain anti-bacterial properties which kills bacteria around the affected area. Anti-inflammatory properties present in it helps to reduce inflammation and pain caused due to bite. You can simply apply crushed basil on the affected area.
When there is inflammation in body it is prone to many diseases, so it is important to reduce inflammation. Holy basil is rich in anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce inflammation. It is also helpful for the person suffering from arthritis . To reduce inflammation you can simply consume basil tea or add 7-8 drops of basil in a warm glass of water.
TREATS STRESS AND ANXIETY :
Holy basil can be a great herb for reducing stress and anxiety because it an excellent adaptogen. Adaptogen means when your body is more efficient in handling stress or anxiety. Consuming basil tea daily can help you to reduce stress and anxiety and it is also caffeine free.
SKIN CARE :
Holy basil is a super herb for improving skin health as it rich in antioxidants which helps to fight with free radicals which causes wrinkles, fine lines and makes your skin firm. Anti-microbial properties present in it helps to reduce and treat acne. It also protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Anti-fungal properties found in basil prevents and treats fungus growth on skin.
DIY BASIL FACE PACK :
- Crush 3-4 fresh basil leaves
- Add 2 tbsp of fuller’s earth powder
- Add few drops of rose water
- Make a smooth paste
- Apply this mixture on your face
- Leave it for 8-10 minutes
- Wash your face with water.
ORAL CARE :
Holy basil helps to improve oral health because of anti-bacterial properties found in it. Basil kills germs and bacteria present in mouth. When you chew basil leaves its juices releases which kills bacteria and germs in mouth, prevent tooth decay and makes your teeth and gums healthy.
IMPROVES DIGESTION :
Holy basil helps to improve digestion as oil present in it helps to slow down the process of digestion which leads to better digestion. It also helps to reduce constipation and bloating caused due to water retention. Consuming fresh basil leaves on daily basis helps in better digestion.
TREATS RESPIRATORY ILLNESS :
Holy basil is a great herb for improving and treating respiratory issues as it contains eugenol, camphene which both helps to treat congestion. It also helps to the people suffering from difficulty in breathing. Consuming basil tea or water as i mentioned above will help to make you breathe easily.
ACT AS NATURAL PAIN KILLER :
Holy basil act as a natural painkiller because of anti-inflammatory properties present in it. Holy basil is such a powerful herb that it can reduce pain in joints and muscles. Consuming basil also helps in reducing swelling caused due to inflammation.
HOW MUCH TO CONSUME IN A DAY :
- You can consume 2-3 fresh leaves of holy basil in the morning
2. You can drink basil water by adding 7-8 drops of basil in water.
SIDE EFFECTS AND PREVENTION :
- Excess consumption may lead to liver damage
- It may lead to upset stomach when consumed in excess
- Excess intake may interact with blood thinning medications.