By Richa Garg  on: 23 September 2015
Rate this: 
 0 Rating  based on 0 Reviews


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.


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...


 Related Blogs:
22 September 2015
  The hibiscus flower is revered for its beauty, and it deserves equal respect for its healing powers. Many species have been used in traditional medicine, in addition to providing beverage teas. The tea is sour and tart—so people often add sugar and/or citrus. Now there\'s exciting research backing up hibiscus tea\'s medicinal benefits, especially for heart health. Scientists have confirmed that the deep red flowers gently lower blood pressure, thanks to their diuretic properties (they help the body eliminate excess water) and the fact that their anthocyanins block angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), the compound that causes blood vessels to constrict—exactly what the prescription combo of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide does, but to a milder degree and without side effects.   Hibiscus Tea Recipe: A recipe that pleases your taste buds—and your heart This makes a great, refreshing tea. The ingredients: 4 c water 3 Tbsp dried or 4-5 Tbsp fresh hibiscus flowers 1 cinnamon stick 1 Tbsp raw sugar   Boil water and pour over hibiscus and cinnamon stick. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain out hibiscus and cinnamon stick. Add sugar . Serve hot or iced.
25 September 2015
Bloating is any abnormal general swelling sensation which may make one feel like gas filling in the abdomen and it may even be passed out of the body.  As a symptom, the patient feels a full and tight abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain, and sometimes accompanied by increased stomach growling, or more seriously, the total lack of it.    The common causes leading to bloating / water retention are: Overeating Food Intolerances Constipation and other gastric conditions Menstruation – Pre-menstrual syndrome & polycystic ovarian syndrome. ​ Bloating may also result in weight gain.  This is because the body tends to retain water that gets accumulated in the tissues. Water retention may mainly be seen as swelling in the arms and legs, bloated belly and heavy breasts.   THE BEST AND EASIEST WAY TO COMBAT BLOATING IS TO HAVE LOTS OF WATER.   GOLDEN RULES TO REDUCE BLOATING INCREASED WATER INTAKE RESTRICT SALT TO 1/2 TSP / DAY INCREASE INTAKE OF LEAFY VEGETABLES ​FOODS TO INCLUDE: Green leafy vegges Whole grains Lentils Pulses Melons Citrus fruits Green tea Coconut water  FOODS TO EXCLUDE: Papad Pickel Popcorn Instant Noodles Soups Breads Colas Aerated drinks Fresh Yogurt: Yogurt being a Probiotic has the added benefits of supporting your immune system to make it more effective in tackling bacterial infection, ability to fight infections and in turn reducing excessive bloating.
Richa Garg

 View Profile

Nutritionist in Rohini, Delhi, India 

Arogyam a Sanskrit word which means  "diseases free". Arogyam program is full of  knowledge so that you may experience and even maintain  a higher sense of wellbeing in your body and a better sense of harmony with your surroundings. It accounts for the fact that every human being is unique and an ever-evolving entity whose nutritional needs change with every phase in life. That season, location, stresses, lifestyle, attitude, family, work, friends, everything plays an important role in deciding what your body needs at a given time.We like to call my nutrition program "Arogyam program" because of the  belief that being overweight is itself a disease moreover if you are carrying high blood sugar uric acid or disturbed lipid profile etc you are not a disease free person .  All these can be corrected along with weight with disciplined diet &lifestyle modifications. As you can make out, its not a 'weight-loss' program, if at all, have to label it, it is a 'complete health program. It will educate you to make intelligent choices about food and exercise, taking into account your lifestyle and your fitness goals, and will keep you young in your body and sharp in your mind. Will you lose weight with Arogyam program ? Yes, as a by-product with complete fitness. And what about workout? Its non-negotiable. You have to move your body, choose your way-gymming, running, Yoga, yor choice! We will help you with how and when.Established in the year 2009, Arogyam Health & Wellness Centre is involved in providing solutions for Weight Management and Lifestyle Related Disorders.We are providing wellness programs for   [*]      Weight Management[*]      Weight management with Diabetes[*]      Weight management with Dyslipidemia           [*]      Weight management with PCOD/PCOS[*]      Weight management with Hypothyroidism[*]      Weight management with Hyperuricemia[*]      Pre & Post Natal  weight & health management Program[*]      Pre Marital Wellness Program The wellness programs are provided by our trained professionals after taking detailed medical, family and nutritional history. Further, while designing the particular programs we take care of following[*]     Body constitution according to Vedic science[*]     Age and gender[*]     Medical background[*]     Food likes and dislikes[*]     Present routine (diet and lifestyle)[*]     Ritual & Cultural factors[*]     Professional limitations[*]     Blood Group.[*]     Climate and seasons[*]     The special highlights are healthy options while eating out, healthy socialising, healthy grocery shopping list etc. We are aware of a famous saying that "Health is Wealth". In today's fast paced, hectic and stressed life we normally tend to forget these golden words. We tend to neglect our health and unknowingly adopt unhealthy eating habits and fall prey to the unhealthy lifestyle. To remain happy one has to be healthy and fit, we are here to guide you to achieve the goal of your good health and wellness.A little bit of discipline in eating habits and proper diet, we can maintain our health and enjoy our life to the full extent. As per vedic sciences, the human body needs a balance between the three fundamental doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) that help in preserving health. In order to achieve this balance, it is essential to opt for a healthy lifestyle that assists you in eliminating impurities from your body and gives prominence to eating the right kind of foods, at the right time and in the right manner.No matter what stage of your life you may be in, it is never too late to take a forward step towards wellness. It has been seen that people who have embraced healthy diet and eating habits into their lifestyle and have altered their daily routines for the better are experiencing a complete & healthy assimilation of their mind, body and soul. According to Vedic scriptures, every individual has unique needs for balance. Since diet is one of the most important tools for achieving balance, we generally design individualized diets . analysing suitings , non suitings, food intolrances specific to a person and preparing guidelines for after program document . Notwithstanding the individualized approach to choosing foods for balance, there are some universally applicable principles that are important to follow.  PROGRAM GUIDELINES          As you enroll for the Arogyam wellness Program a few guidelines are expected to be followed by you. This will certainly enable achievement of the results that you so dearly wish to attain.  Each program will independently deliver results. Success would depend on the complete adherence to the program guidelines. Contact through Email /phone/personal will be maintained throughout the course of the respective Program. Progress will be asked for from the individual undergoing the Program and also analysed through repeated investigations. Each member on the program needs to undergo a Lifestyle and Habit Analysis, Medical Examination Feedback and Input Analysis to attain target weight and biochemical parameters. The Programs provide the user a way of losing weight effectively and maintain health parameters by Combination of Foods, and kitchen herbs and lifestyle modifications. Consumption of recommended foods during the program is essential to maintain nutritional adequacy. The program does not involve the use of any drugs, surgery, liposuction, body wrap or deep heat which are considered harmful in the long run. Arogyam reserves the right to alter/ change/ substitute the program contents. In case the member fails to achieve the desired target weight loss, it is mainly because of due to deviations from the program guidelines by the member or due to some medical issues. Therefore all possible care should be taken to follow the Program in toto. Clinic will retain the members photograph if taken, for record purposes only. Such photographs will not be used for publicity/promotion activities without explicit written consent of the member.   
Richa Garg
Dr. Richa Garg
Nutritionist in Rohini, Delhi Register Now!