Basil better known as Tulsi in India is a herb which is considered to be a holy plant in India, and has many medicinal benefits. Basil is very common in an Indian household, people grow basil and worship it as well. It is popularly known as the queen of herb in India. The herb is very easy to grow. It doesn’t need a lot of space, even the small post will be good enough for a basil plant. This small green plant has a great aroma and has been used for its medicinal effect from ancient times.
Nutritional Value of Holy Basil
Basil is an integral ingredient in many European dishes, it does not just add to the flavor but it also does a lot of good to the human body. Basil leaves can be consumed raw, in dishes, in water and commonly used in tea in India.
Basil is a good source of Vitamin K, Manganese, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and Phytonutrients like Chlorophyll.
Basil & Its Popular Varieties:
Some common and popular varieties of basil are
Sweet Basil, Greek Basil, Thai Basil, Cinnamon Basil & Lettuce basil
Good for Human Respiratory System:
The essential oil present in Holy Basil is very effective in treating the respiratory disorder. It is very helpful in the treatment of asthma, lung infection, bronchitis, and other respiratory disorders. It is widely used for the treatment of cough and cold during the winter season. Basil is fortified with various vitamins and minerals and helps in building immunity.
Basil is known to show anti-inflammatory properties, hence, help in reducing fever. It is very effective in treating fever induced by common cold and flu. The essential oils eugenol, citronellol, and linalool help in reducing inflammation. Cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme which is one of the main reasons behind inflammation is blocked by essential oil present in Basil. Anti Inflammatory activity from Basil is as good as for any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, so it can be used in medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Stress Reducing Agent
Basil the herb is known to fight stress, it reflects antioxidative stress-reducing properties. The herb falls under the category of an adaptogen. The adaptogen helps the body to adapt to oxidative stress. It creates a similar effect as popular medicine ginseng.According to Medical News Today, in an experiment done on rabbits basil is found to help to fight oxidative stress by significantly reducing blood sugar level and increase in antioxidant activity.
Reflects Antibacterial Activity:
Holy basil is known to reflect antibacterial activity. The essential oil present in holy basil helps to fight infection. Basil leaves are good when applied on wounds it promotes healing and restricts the growth of various bacteria. Including basil in your regular diet can help in fighting common viruses, various bacteria and promotes good health.
Excellent Effect In Pediatric Use:
The holy basil is considered very effective and safe in various pediatric treatments. Pediatric patients are very much prone to common cold, cough, fever, diarrhea, nausea etc. Basil have been found to be very effective in the treatment mentioned in the medical condition. It is a very mild herb considering the tender digestive system of pediatric patients. The antibacterial, anti ineffective and anti inflammatory activity helps treat these conditions. Application of basil leaves on skin rashes known to have produced good results in pediatric patients.
Safety and the risks involved for the use of holy basil in pregnant women has not been established. Same goes for lactating women, doctor’s advice is recommended before adding basil in your regular diet. Though basil can bring various benefits, however, it is recommended to use basil sourced from non polluted reliable sources. Basil sourced from polluted areas can be toxic and do more harm than providing benefits.