FROM MY KITCHEN GARDEN

FROM MY KITCHEN GARDEN

By Richa Garg  on: 23 September 2015
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The herb is well known for its use in Italian cuisine - it is a major ingredient in pesto sauce.  Basil is also commonly used Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine.

BENEFITS OF SWEET BASIL

1. Calming the Stomach–

The Italians may be on to something with adding Basil to everything. It is thought to have a calming effect on the stomach and 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often help sooth indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness.

2. Facial Steam for Headache:

A facial steam with dried basil leaf can help alleviate a headache. Add a tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Carefully lean over the pot, cover head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes until headache starts to subside. Bonus, you get to smell like an Italian restaurant for the rest of the day!

3. Helpful in Quitting Smoking:

Chain smokers can try chewing basil leaves to get rid of their addiction. These can be more beneficial than nicotine patches, flavored gum or even plain candy to curb the urge. While the juice has a cooling effect on your throat, the chewing will distract you and the antioxidants will repair the damage caused due to years of smoking.

 

4. Help to Get Rid of Bad Breath:

Bad breath can be detrimental to your self-confidence. Basil leaves can be a healthy substitute to special toothpastes and chewing gums to ward off bad breath. You can chew a handful of basil leaves to prevent bad breath.

5. Good for Eyes

Being rich in vitamin A, basil leaves play an important role in eye health. You can soak a few basil leaves in water and wash your eyes with them every morning and before going to bed to prevent conjunctivitis, swelling, inflammations, boils and other infections. Basil leaves act as relaxants for your eyes to sooth stress induced fine lines. Chewing a couple of basil leaves helps to ward off eye problems caused by free radicals such as vision degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. 

 

6. Treatment of Vitiligo:

Regular intake of basil leaves has the potential to cure ‘vitiligo’, a disease characterized by white patches on the skin.

7. Rich in Iron and good to incorporate in anaemia diet.

8. Rich in antioxidants and anti ageing properties.

9. It has antiinflammatory properties because of certain essential oils such as Eugenol.

So, Lets start using one of the gem of herbs- sweet basil or thai basil...


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