August 16, 2016

10 Health Benefits of Basil | Nutritional Value

Basic Characteristics of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual plant that grows on sunny, protected places and requires a lot of water. 

Basil is one of the herbs, but it proved to be an effective natural medicine in the treatment of many diseases.

Types of basil that are grown today are green, purple and dark basil. 

The flowers are white to pink and have green leaves that grow along the entire stem.

History of Basil

Basil is an ancient plant that was knew even in ancient Egypt. Word basil comes from the Greek word basilicon, which means royal

Romans tied basil for protection, love and loyalty, and thought that if a man gets a twig of basil from a woman he will be forever loved. In India, basil donated as welcome to guests.

Today and many churches, especially Christian, used basil during ceremonies, as it is believed that basil has a divine power, and that cleanse the area from evil spirits.

Nutritional Value of Basil

Essential oil of basil is significant because it contains antiseptic substances that act as a food preservative and prevent its deterioration.

The chemical composition of basil looks like this:

• Vegetable fibers
• Glycoside
• Essential Oils
• Camphor
• Mineral Salts
• spooning
• Tinol-lineol
• Cineol

Essential oil of basil makes up most of the aromatic spice plant stored in leaves, where there are also housed a bitter substances and saponins. 

Essential oil of basil is significant because it contains antiseptic substances that act as a food preservative and prevent its deterioration.

Health Benefits of Basil

1. Natural tranquilizer, relieves anxiety, insomnia, headaches and depression

2. Enhances appetite and secretion of gastric juices, improves digestion

3. Breastfeeding mothers should be used it because it stimulates milk production.

4. Effective is the inflammation of the urinary tract, kidneys

5Removes cough, open clogged sinuses

6. Basil is good for woman because it reveals menstrual pain

7. Fresh basil has the property as antirheumatic drug, so it is used for the treatment of diseased and swollen joints because it contains eugenol, which acts anti-inflammatory.

8. Basil is a powerful antioxidant and prevents damage to cells and creating tumors

9. Basil strengthens the heart and blood vessels and prevents heart attacks

10. It is used as a preservative for food

Because of the sedative effects, basil is only not recommended for pregnant women at first period of pregnancy, as well as babies younger than six months.

Application of Basil

In the treatment of diseases and ailments used tea made from basil (basil does not take long to stand in hot water!) which has to drink and also can be applied as a coating for various skin diseases. 

Based oil of basil is used for inhalation and for coatings.

Basil as a seasoning

As a spice, basil gives a taste to food, improves digestion of heavy food and keeps food from spoiling. 

Chefs recommend it as a condiment to potato, corn, cauliflower and eggplant. It is used in Mediterranean cuisine for the preparation of sauces and toppings for dishes with pasta.

Basil perfectly complements the taste of garlic, thyme, lemon and tomato, and given that it helps against flatulence - add little basil to dishes of beans and other legumes.

Dried basil has a stronger flavor than fresh so add it to stews and many other dishes of vegetables, especially peas and beans, various salads and spreads.