Health Benefits of Basil

Basil or as we Indians call it Tulsi is herb which belongs to the mint family, it gives flavour and taste to food along with many health benefits. In India this herb is not just consumed but is also worshipped as a deity. Known to be a wife of Lord Vishnu, the marriage is celebrated by Hindus all over the country ever year on the 11th day of Kartika month of the lunar calendar.  

Every Hindu household has a tulsi in the courtyard and it worshipped every morning and evening. It is a deity, an elixir, herbal remedy, a legend and a powerful medicine which gives the following benefits:

Basil Health Benefits

1. Boosts Cardiac Health

Basil contains essential oils like eugenol, linalool and citronella which have anti-inflammatory properties to fight against inflammation and related conditions like arthritis, heart diseases and bowel discomforts. Eugenol particularly is said to be helpful in reducing high blood pressure by blocking calcium channels in the body. Basil produces essential oil which reduce triglycerides and stress-related cholesterol and the magnesium relaxes muscles and blood vessels which results in healthy blood flow. 

Basils are known for targeting metabolic stress which results in reducing “bad” cholesterol and increasing “good” cholesterol and it is also known for aiding in weight loss.

2. Promotes Mental Health

Apart from hurting our peace of mind, stress and tension can also hurt our bodies by producing harmful free radicals. Basil, especially in tea form, has effective medicinal properties, it contains adaptogen which eases stress and anxiety and also stops it from reaching the level of depression. It induces relaxing sleep during stressful times and also helps in stress related intercourse issues. 

Basil also reduces the risks of developing age related memory loss by helping a person develop the ability to think clearly and rationally from a young age. It also reduces physical stress and improves metabolism, decreases risk of tissue damage and keeps mind and body calm in a stressful environment.

3. Prevents Skin Ageing

If we crave anything besides a long life, it is a youthful skin and along with giving us so many health benefits our holy basil grants this wish as well. Applying products with natural basil extracts hydrate the skin and eliminates roughness and wrinkles. This helps prevents premature ageing and keeps it young and glowing even in later ages. 

It contains vitamin C which increases skin cells metabolism and elasticity and the anti-inflammatory properties of its natural oil treat skin irritation, minor wounds and even painful sores. Basil even has the ability to treat skin diseases such as eczema. It is a natural moisturizer, anti-acne treatment, sunscreen and anti-fungal care.

4. Protects Against Infection

You must have seen many ads for health care products and medicines that show basil as one of the main ingredients, it is because basil has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that fight various infections as well as gives energy and strength. Basil in effective in breaking the strength and contraction of the wound, and quickens the healing period. 

The antimicrobial properties fight against E. coli, the antibacterial properties fight bacteria that cause respiratory, skin, urinary and abdominal infections. Basil is also effective in treating mouth ulcers, keloids, and raised scars.

5. Decreases Oxidative Stress

Our body sometimes produces unsteady molecules commonly called free radicals formed mostly due to heavy smoking or constant consumption of certain food items. These free radicals cause oxidative stress in our bodies resulting in many fatal illnesses like cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, and cell damage. These free radicals are eliminated by antioxidants present in our bodies.

Basil is rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, eugenol, limonene (present in lime and lemon basil) and beta carotene are a natural detox and remove the build-up of these free radicals and prevent their further production. 

Reference

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266425#nutrition

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-basil#2

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#body-benefits

https://www.learnreligions.com/tulsi-the-holy-basil-1770040

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