News By/Courtesy: kriti kaushal | 31 Aug 2020 15:45pm IST

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  • This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal views and opinions in the exercise o

Basil is one of the oldest herbs which are known to mankind and the oil produced from such herb has various medicinal properties. These leaves are also used in a variety of culinary preparations. All of us have observed in each and every Indian household a basil plant which is often used to offer to gods in the form of Prasad. Some believe that it is prohibited to even chew the holy basil leaves and one should only swallow it. These leaves also form a very important part by providing a variety of species including sweet basil, lemon basil, Italian or curly basil, holy basil, Thai basil and lettuce leaf basil. While using basil leaves in making any food it enhances the properties of the food and provides healthy food with strong immunity.

 Some of the benefits of the basil seeds are:

  1. Good for digestion-

 Basil leaves are good for the digestive system and nervous system and can be a perfect remedy for headaches and insomnia because the eugenol present in the leaves ensures anti-inflammatory action in the digestive tract. It also helps to balance the acid within the body and restore the body's proper pH level. 

  1. Anti-inflammatory:

 Basil leaves have such properties that prove to cure a variety of diseases and disorders. The powerful essential oils extracted from such leaves help in lowering inflammation through their enzyme inhibiting properties thereby lowering the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid, arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions. The consumption of basil could also soothe a fever, headache, sore throat, cold cough and flu.

  1. Fights free radical activity:

It contains a range of antioxidant which can protect the body's tissue against free radical change. The radical change causes oxidative stress to the body and damage to the cells. The basil leaves contain two important water-soluble flavonoid antioxidants which reduce the stress in the body and strengthen the immune system which protects the cellular structure, DNA and delay effects of skin ageing. 

  1. Skin benefits:

 The oil from basil leaves works as a  cleanser for skin from within and remove the dirt and impurities that clog pores. The strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of basil would help prevent the formation of acne. 

  1. It helps fight depression:

This herb stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for inducing happiness and energy. It is considered as a powerful adaptogen which reduces depression and anxiety.

  1. Diabetes management:

The consumption of basil would amount to the slow release of sugar in the blood which is very essential for diabetes. It helps to cut down triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

  1. Promotes healthy guts:

It restores the body's natural pH level and infuses healthy bacteria within gut microflora. A healthy gut increases immunity and promotes healthy digestion.

  1. Heals upset tummy:

The consumption of basil would reduce the bloating and water retention it can even stimulate the loss of appetite and could cure acid reflux as well. 

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 01 Sep 2020 3:26am IST


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