Basil is a leafy green herb that originated in Asia and Africa. The word basil comes from the Greek word basilisk on, which means the royal.
Thanks to its properties this plant is glorified in many eastern cultures. In India, it is designated as a welcome symbol and in ancient Rome, a man would always love a woman from whom he received a basil leave. Back in time, some basil types were used to treat diabetes, asthma, impotence, kidney stones, infertility, and allergies.
Benefits and Uses of Basil
Antioxidants from basil, seal the body from free radicals, prevent the aging of the cells and the formation of some types of cancer. Beta-carotene is one of the antioxidants contained in basil. Beta-carotene turns into vitamin A and prevents oxidation of cholesterol and in this way is protecting the heart and blood vessels. Also, it is excellent for the prevention of asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The basil is rich with vitamin B6 and magnesium. Vitamin B6 prevents the accumulation of homocysteine, which can be dangerous. Magnesium stimulates the strengthening of the cardio of the vascular system, relaxes the muscles and blood vessels in this way accelerates blood flow and reduces the risk of arrhythmia.
According to preliminary studies suggest that basil may:
- The risk of breast and colon cancer.
- Reduce depression related to chronic stress.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Improve fasting blood sugar and cholesterol.
- Provide an alternative to antibiotics for infectious diseases.
- Prevent stroke or reduce stroke damage and support recovery, whether given before or right after a stroke.
- Relax blood vessels and thin your blood.
Thanks to its strong taste, basil is an unavoidable spice in various kitchens, and it perfectly fits with many dishes. In order to preserve the taste, always add the basil to the meal at the end and always choose fresh basil because it has a stronger taste. Pesto Genovese is the most famous dish that contains basil and also contains pine and parmesan.
There are many delicious things that you can make with basil because you can combine it with a lot of ingredients. From a freshly chopped basil, white onion, and olive oil, you can make an excellent sauce, which you add to various dishes such as pasta, rice, and grill.
Make a fresh, delicious, Italian salad from fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes. A simple ice dessert can be made from basil, lemon juice, sugar cane, and water. Freeze the mixture as ice cubes them blend it and serve it as Mediterranean ice desert.
Or, you can prepare a refreshing basil tea – Chop the leaves and put it in hot boiled water for eight minutes. This tea is great for those who have gastrointestinal problems such as gasses, constipation or diarrhea. Enjoy!