Botanical Name: BASIL (Ocimum basilcum)
Parts used: Leaves
Anthelmintic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, galactagogue, stimulant, stomachic
Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamins A, D, B2
Basil is a common seasoning found in kitchens around the world and is often used to make pesto and to flavour soups, stews and other foods. Basil has long been used throughout the world for medicinal purposes in countries in Asia and Africa, as well as in India, where it was hailed as a sacred herb.
Basil has been used to treat exhaustion and works as a stimulant to promote energy. It has antibacterial properties and may help to draw out poisons from stings and bites.
Not only flavouring, basil has definite health benefits. Studies have shown that basil helped to lower fasting blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels significantly. It may help non-insulin-dependent diabetics control diabetes. Other research has found basil to be useful for killing intestinal parasites, treating acne and stimulating the immune system.
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