The Incomparable Herb

“The Incomparable One”

Basil is one of the most important herbs in many cultures and cuisines.  There are actually some significant botanical differences between the more than 40 types of basil plants.  Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to ward off garden pests, but basil carries powerful medicinal properties that goes far beyond its known culinary value.  Some of the many species of basil include: sweet basil, lemon basil, Italian or curly basil, holy basil (India’s most important herb and known as Tulsi in Hindu and means “The Incomparable One”), Thai basil and lettuce-leaf basil.

Basil is prepared as a tea or sometimes as a topical treatment to speed wound healing.  Basil’s natural compounds defend the herb from hungry insects and invasive bacteria and fungi. It is no surprise, then, that they can help protect us as well. Basil is incredibly good for balancing the mind, body and spirit.

This incomparable herb has an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activity.  You will be amazed at all it has to offer for your health.

Anti-inflammatory

Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are all enzyme-inhibiting oils  that are in Basil that help lower inflammation.  Inflammation is the body’s first defense against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to the root of most diseases.

…Basil contains large quantities of E-Beta-CaryoPhyllene (BCP) which may be useful in treating arthritis or bowel diseases by blocking the signals that lead to inflammation associated with arthritis.

…Inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (direct cell-to-cell communication) and nitric oxide (mediate cell-signalling reactions).

These “inflammatory cascades” put stress on the organs and slows down blood circulation, hormone regulation and cognitive processes.  Reducing inflammation places your body in a state that is conducive to healing.  Basil disrupts this cascading effect.

Dr. Andrew Weil has created a food pyramid of anti-inflammatory foods. 

Antioxidant its ability to inhibit cancer is the most heavily researched and probably the most interesting. 

…Basil increases antioxidant activity

…Alters gene expressions positively

…Basil Induce death of harmful cells

…Stops cancerous tumors from spreading

…Selectively protects normal tissues and cells from the negative effects of cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.

Antimicrobial Propertiesprecision nutrition (click link to appreciate full view)

…Basil helps in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t  respond to antibiotic treatments.

…It may improve the body’s immunity by the production of infection-fighting antibodies by up to 20 percent.  Fresh Basil is better than dried Basil.

…Basil essential oil fights against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and candida.

…Protects against various forms of skin irritations

European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.

Anti-Depression

Basil stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate hormones that lifts your mood and makes you happy.

Anti-stress – The Adaptogenic SuperStar 

…Basil helps the body adapt to stress.

…Basil helps keep stable cortisol levels that result in improved mental clarity and memory.  The individual feels as though they are less agitated and anxious and therefore able to perform better and have higher quality of life.

Cells in stress mode cause us to crave things that can sabotage our health, including junk foods. It can also cause depression, anger, and lead to drug and alcohol abuse.
Stress keeps the cell from absorbing nutrition, oxygenation and hydration.  In order to succeed and find happiness and health, you need to change your cellular programming from fear (or stress) to love, which triggers a natural chemical reaction that fuels you for success.  Fuel with the right foods and meditate on God’s promises.

Chewing 10 to 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent feeling stressed and developing stress related disorders.

Chewing the leaves daily can also help purify your blood and a significant decrease in blood sugar levels

Antiseptic

When basil leaves are rubbed onto bug bites they can help reduce itching.

It is as an insect repellent:  Basil + Lemon = 2 cups water, 5 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops basil essential oil, 20 drops citronella essential oil.

 

Cardiovascular Health  

…Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax those muscles.

…Basil helps prevent dangerous blood platelets from forming and clotting.

 

Basil Tea 

Pain-reducer (analgesic) works as a muscle relaxant.

Drink basil tea twice a day.

Put some fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Sip the tea slowly and your headache will vanish away gently.

(Expectorant) Basil & Honey – Basil juice + 1 Tbsp. Honey = Crush some Basil leaves to extract juice. Take one teaspoon and drink it slowly.  Drink it regularly on an empty stomach in the morning. Take twice daily.  (See more useful remedies here.)

Digestive System drink basil tea to treat other common stomach problems such as constipation, indigestion, piles, and acidity.

Fever-reducer

 A fever is basically a symptom of another condition or illness. A fever can occur when your body is fighting an infection, such as the  flu.  A fever is a good thing and usually will go away within a few days. But if a fever is making you uncomfortable, you can try some simple and easy home remedies to cool the body down and make you feel better. The healing properties in Basil will help reduce fever very quickly.

Boil together 20 basil leaves and one teaspoon of crushed ginger in one cup water, until the solution gets reduced to half. Add a little honey and drink this tea two or three times a day for three days.

Diabetes 

Basil prevents and control the level of sugar in the blood, increases and stabilizes the insulin production, thus putting diabetes in check.

A study out of the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry indicated that holy basil may reverse some of the damaging effects of diabetes such as neuropathy and retinopathy.

 

 


Liver 
Basil protects liver from damage. Kidney Basil strengthens Kidney function.

With five to six fresh basil leaves with water on an empty stomach.

 

 

 Basil Pesto:

2 cups fresh basil

1/2 cup raw almonds or pine nuts

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic

 

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/superfoods/top-10-health-benefits-of-basil.html

https://draxe.com/benefits-of-basil/

http://drjockers.com/3-reasons-to-use-holy-basil/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12114286 

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-basil.html

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