Basil, Holy (Ground)
Holy basil comes from India. There, it is revered as a sacred herb. Its use dates back to the Ancient Egyptian Era. The Egyptians burned a mix of basil and myrrh. They do this to appease their gods.
Sweet basil, or Ocimum basilicum, was introduced in Europe as an ingredient. It was, and is still used as a seasoning.
Basil is also popular in Thai cuisine.
The herb also has medicinal uses. It is famed for its ability to reduce blood sugar levels. It can also stop peptic ulcers. It can also help in treating other stress related conditions. These include:
The spice is also used to help treat cold. It can also help in reducing:
- joint pains.
Basil also has anti-bacterial properties. It can also be considered an anti-fungal. It can be used to treat itchy skin.
There are also other health benefits of basil. As an anti-bacterial, it can aid in protecting our DNA. There are flavonoids found in the spice. Flavonoids are an array of active constituents. These protect our bodies to a cellular level. Furthermore, the herb can protect against unwanted bacterial growth.
Its anti-bacterial properties do not come from its flavonoids. Instead, it is due to its volatile oils. Its oils contain:
The herb also has essential oils. According to reports, these have already demonstrated the ability to stop many species of bacteria. Such oils can be acquired through the herb’s leaves.
Basil also has anti-inflammatory benefits. The eugenol component of the herb can aid in the treatment of certain conditions. An example is rheumatoid arthritis.
It is also good for cardiovascular health. Basil contains beta-carotene. This is also called “Pro-Vitamin A.” This protects the cells from free radical damage. It also prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol. Thus, it can also protect from heart attacks.