General Description

Holy basil is a plant, originally from India. It is used in Ayuverdic medicine as an adaptogen to counter life’s stresses. It is considered sacred by the Hindus and it’s often planted around hindu shrines. Medicine is made from the leaves, stems and seeds.

Use

Anxiety, stress, depression – taking holy basil leaf extract twice a day after meals. Dental plaque – when added to tooth paste. Diabetes – might decrease blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Antibacterial properties, rich in antioxidants, reduces inflammation and swelling. Malaria – soak in hot water leaves and roots of basil with black peper, jiggery, some lemon juice. Take the tea every 2-3 hours. Cold and infection – eat with ginger. Mosquito repellent – plant or juice of basil, spread the sense

When can I eat it?

It takes 2 months before it’s harvest-ready. After basil has developed 6 pairs of leaves its flavour and aroma are at their peak.

Nutritional value

Rich in vit. A, K, C, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium.

Side effects

Safe when used by mouth for short period of a time, up to six weeks.  Longer may cause nausea or diarrhea

Cooking

Add to soups, stir-fried vegetables, pizza; use in a marinate with garlic and oil, add fresh leaves to your salad.

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Categories: Plants