How Holy Basil Promises to Keep the Doctor at Bay
Why basil a day keeps the doctor at bay; eight reasons why it should be part of your everyday diet.
Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine which origins come from the middle east, however, with the introduction to modern medicine, the practice has become less popular. Growing up in a family where Ayurveda has been practised has opened my eyes to the way we eat and live our daily lives. Amongst everything I’ve experienced and learned through the art of Ayurveda, the thing that has struck me the most is the use of Basil.
The holy basil plant which is also referred to as the Tulsi plant holds a religious meaning, but it also has tons of health benefits. Not only does it taste amazing, but it holds the power to help you physically and mentally.
Relieves flu symptoms
Lemsip tea, why not try chewing tender leaves of basil with ginger, or drink a basil and ginger tea? The taste is not everyone’s favourite, but it’s a great alternative to cough medicines, sweets, and syrups.
Say goodbye to stress
The Tulsi plant has been found to have anti-depression properties which help relieve the symptoms of body and psychological stress by normalizing the levels of sugars and cortisol. Ayurveda suggests eating 15 leaves of basil a day to beat stress and anxiety symptoms, the basil intake must be consistent before any effects can be felt. You can have basil in powdered capsules, teas or mixed with food.
Helps with high blood pressure
Not only does this plant have anti-inflammatory properties, but it also holds a crazy amount of potassium which helps balance high blood pressure. This beneficial plant has helped with type 2 diabetes along with other Ayurvedic treatments.
There is nothing I love more than a smoothie and incorporating basil has had some great benefits whilst I’ve been detoxing my body from all the foods I’ve eaten the week before. With regular basil intake, you could be waving goodbye to those uncomfortable moments when you’re bloated. Another great fact is that basil helps with digesting, which definitely helps reduce bloating and trapped gas.
Yes, this tasteful plant can also be used to clean. This alternative DIY has amazed me due to its fresh smell. Simply add 10-15 drops of basil essential oil to some vinegar with a few drops of lemon essential oil for an amazing new alternative to chemical sprays.
To all my coffee lovers out there I have found the solution! Basil. Thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties you are sure to feel fresh after chewing a few leaves. This is an awesome alternative to chewing-gum or sprays, and it’s sugar-free!
For Kidney stones
This one really surprised me, but there is an acid in basil that helps break down the kidney stones and reduce pain. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties; regular intake could help keep your kidneys healthy. Drink basil tea or juice regularly every day to relieve kidney stones, or to simply to keep yourself healthy.
Do you ever look at your skin and think “not this again” as blocked pores laugh at you from the mirror? Basil – once again – comes to the rescue. The oils inside the basil leaves help cleanse from the inside meaning it will bring all the dirt up from under your skin. It’s time to say bye to all those nasty products you are hoarding in your bathroom, and replace it all with a basil mask. Make a paste of basil leaves, and add sandalwood, bentonite clay and rose water. Leave on your skin for 20 minutes, or until the clay dries then wash off with warm water.
There are loads more benefits from consuming basil, all you have to do is incorporate it in your diet and research more into its healing benefits. You will be surprised how many secrets this plant is hiding.