Benefits of Basil leaves.| Dr.Franklin Panchakarma
Basil is one of the most sacred plants and wonderful medicinal ayurvedic herb. It belongs to the mint family-Lamiaceae. According to Hindu religion, it is believed that if Basil leaves are buried with a died man, he will go to heaven. The Basil plant is a small bush that grows to 1-2 feet in height. Its flowers are red or purple in color and sometimes white in color. It is believed to be an air purifier. The plant gives a spicy scent when bruised. It has warm, clove-like flavor and fragrance.
BASIL- HEALTH BENEFITS:
Since ancient times, Basil is an important herb in Ayurveda which is used in the treatment of simple coughing to the most dreadful cancer.That’s why, it is known as “queen of herbs” and is grown mostly in all parts of the world, especially in India.Its health benefits include
1. Is Good For The Heart
Basil contains flavonoids, which reduce the risk of platelets forming clots in the arterial walls – this eventually prevents coronary heart disease and heart attacks.
As per an Australian study, basil can help prevent several features of the metabolic syndrome, with heart disease being one of them. The herb is also credited with preventing numerous cardiac disorders.
Basil is also known to lower cholesterol levels, preventing heart ailments as a consequence. Ingesting basil leaves can lead to significant changes in the fat molecules – the leaves can lower bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.
2. Prevents diarrhea
Some studies report that the Basil possess anti-bacterial effects. The phytochemicals components in basil leaves can fight the infection of Staphylococcus aureus which is the main cause of diarrhea. Adding some basil leaves into your meal can help you to cure and prevent the body from diarrhea.
3. Helps Fight Cancer
Surprisingly enough, basil could be your answer to cancer. One study states that basil extracts can have radioprotective properties, which can help kill tumor cells in the body.Basil contains eugenol, which was found to have anticancer properties. Other phytochemicals in basil (like rosmarinic acid, myretenal, luteolin, and apigenin) also have the potential to prevent various forms of cancer. In another study, supplementation of basil (at a dosage of 300 mg per kilogram of body weight) was found to significantly reduce the formation of cancerous enzymes. Additionally, healthy enzymatic activity saw an increase post the supplementation.In another study, basil leaf extract was found to decrease tumorigenicity and metastasis of human pancreatic cancer cells. It was also found to retard breast cancer development in yet another study.
4. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Basil might help increase insulin secretions in people with type 2 diabetes, as per some research. The herb can also lower fasting and post-meal levels of blood glucose.According to a study by Department of Home Science at Azad University of Agriculture and Technology in India, basil leaves have a significant effect in lowering blood sugar level and maintain it in normal level. This function is may become preventive for the body in developing diabetes.
5. Protects The Liver
Basil leaf extract had shown hepatoprotective properties. Albino rats (with paracetamol-induced liver damage) that were fed this extract showed signs of improvement. There was a reduction of sinusoidal congestion and cloudy swelling within the liver of the rats.However, a few studies state otherwise. Individuals taking basil supplements might experience some adverse liver effects. Hence, consult your doctor before taking basil (the supplements, especially) for treating your liver condition.
6. Aids Weight Loss
Some research says that basil can help lower blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels – two factors that can lead to weight gain.It also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, which can also induce weight gain. You can use tulsi water to aid weight loss.
Do talk to your doctor before using basil for this purpose – as there is no concrete scientific evidence in this regard.
BASIL LEAF- USES FOR SKIN BEAUTY AND HAIR CARE:
Basil is amazing for your skin beauty. Being having antiseptic properties, it is a useful natural remedy for multiple skin problems and conditions. If you want flawless, blemish and acne free skin, use basil leaves.
Acne and pimples:
The basil leaves help to remove toxins from the body thereby beneficial in the prevention of acne and pimples. Applying the paste of basil leaves and neem cure acne and pimples.
The paste of gram flour and basil, when applied, helps to lead to whitening of the skin. Tulsi has anti-bacterial properties while gram flour helps to cleanse the skin.
Facial skin care tip:
Before heading to the parlor for your skin, let’s try basil paste. If you want to be younger and brighter in perspective of skin, simply rub or apply a paste of basil leaves on your face. It helps to tone and improves your facial skin.
Let’s know how to prevent blackheads from coming back by using basil leaves. Blackheads, which are the open dead skin cells on the surface can be eliminated naturally by putting wet leaves of basil on the face for sometimes. Now, removes it and wash your face thoroughly with cold water.
For glowing face:
Make a powder of the leaves and rub the same over the face. Let it be dry and wash off thoroughly with cold water. This is as effective as the paste of turmeric and lemon when applied over the face.
It provides younger skin as it is full of antioxidants along with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and stress buster nature.
BASIL LEAVES-EFFECTS IN HAIRCARE:
Prevents Hair Loss:
Making a paste of basil leaves and mixing it with your hair oil can work wonders for your hair. Apply this oil to your scalp and leave it on for about 30 minutes and then shampoo as usual. This mixture rejuvenates your hair follicles, keeps your scalp cool, and also promotes circulation to your scalp.
Simply add a small amount of basil oil to your regular hair oil and massage it thoroughly into your scalp. Basil improves blood circulation and reduces dandruff and the scalp itchiness that accompanies it. This remedy also treats dry scalp.
Prevents Premature Graying Of Hair:
All you need to do is soak dried holy basil powder (you can prepare it at home by grinding a few basil leaves) along with amla powder in water overnight. The next morning, wash your hair with the mixture (after straining it). This helps prevent premature graying of hair and treat hair fall.