You should have basil as a regular component of your daily meals.
Though there are about sixty species of this highly aromatic herb, its leaves are usually oval shaped and mostly green in colour.
Basil has excellent antioxidant properties and they will protect your body from free radicals thereby slowing down the aging process and preventing premature aging as well as the formation of tumors and cancer.
Beta-carotene is one antioxidant compound in the basil plant that in immediately converted to vitamin A once in the body.
It protects your blood vessels and heart from the oxidation of cholesterol.
Furthermore it helps to combat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and even asthma, which are all caused by free radicals.
Basil Plant Is Super For Your Blood Vessels And Heart
This plant is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6. This vitamin inhibits the build-up of harmful homocysteine compounds. While magnesium is great for your cardiovascular health.
Basil Is A Natural Antibiotic
Basil oil extract is great for stimulating your immune system. Basil leaves have excellent antiseptic and antibacterial properties that is effective in preventing and treating infections.
Use Basil In Your Meals
You can add basil to many meals, while you add basil as a garnish mist people hardly eat it, it’s time to change that habit. Use fresh basil which has a strong taste always and it’s great for cuisine such as; pesto Genovese’s which is full of pine nuts, parmesan cheese and green sauce of basil.
You can also make a wonderful sauce from a combination of garlic, olive oil and chopped basil, use this sauce on your rice, bruschetta and pasta.
You can also make an ice dessert using basil, just mix sugar cane juice, lemon juice, water and chopped basil. Afterwards refrigerate until frozen, then use a blender to chop it up and serve this Mediterranean ice dessert.
If you love Italian food then you can also make an Italian salad from fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella.
Basil tea is an excellent diuretic to make it just boil some water and pour this hot water in a mug of chopped basil leaves. Let it sit at room temperature for about 8 minutes, strain afterwards and the tea is ready to drink.