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Thai Basil: Antibacterial Herb

Updated on February 9, 2011
Fresh Thai Basil
Fresh Thai Basil

Queen of Siam

Most Asian and Philippine Herbs are medicinal, specifically antibacterial. Like Thai Basil. Eat it often and be spared from common types of bacteria. Juicing it is better—you take in great quantities in just one gulp. The better alternative is to mix Thai Basil, antibacterial herb, in cooking. Eating luscious food dishes with Thai Basil makes you pleasantly unaware of the vital antibacterial processes that go on inside you. Just amazing.

Fresh Thai Basil

Thai Basil has a large family of cultivar varieties and is known to be spicier than other sweet basil types. In the US they call it Queen of Siam. The oil extract can be made into an anti-inflammatory lotion or itch and other skin remedy and herbal wellness. And more…

Health Benefits

Having dark leaves (they’re darker than their Italian counterpart) and purple stems, they’re rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants. Of course, they also give fibers which are good for proper digestion. With a lot of fast food on the loose today, tummy problems like reflux are common. So keep Thai basil handy around. You just never know when you need it. This is just in summary. If you want a full list, here’s the kind of nutrition you get from this antibacterial herb:  

Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc iron, niacin,  lycopene, thiamin, riboflavin, beta carotene, plenty of flavanoids (both vicenin and orientin for cell health) , and folate, among others. See its potent health benefits? Powerful! Try it in Italian Pesto and get bonus benefits from olive oil and pine nuts. And through the Olive get anti-aging benefits. 

Healing Benefits

An antibacterial herb or medicinal herb is not intended to replace traditional medicine. When we talk about healing benefits we’re really talking supplemental. As you take Thai Basil (superb in tea form) always get a regular check up with your physician.

In passing, here are some healing benefits: a nerve tonic, memory empowerment, phlegm removal and catarrhal matters from the bronchial tube, the seeds are mucilaginous, good for perspiration stimulation (skin and inner cleansing), fever or cold or flu, cough, headaches, sore throat, eye irritation and disorders, respiratory problems, kidney stone, heart problems, blood cholesterol reduction, reduces stress, mouth infections, teeth problems, skin problems, insect stings, and kids’ ailments. Wow! Keep Thai Basil handy around and you practically got a med cabinet.

Types of Thai Basil

Holy Thai Basil. Also called Kra phao, this type is sometimes an object of worship in India, particularly the tulasi variety. It is closely related to Ocimum Tenuiflorum. The leaves are softer and smaller, with a somewhat hairy texture. The smell is similar to cloves.

Manglak Thai Basil. Also known as lemon basil and is a popular cooking herb spice. To be sure, both holy Thai basil or Kra phao and Manglak are favorite Thai cooking ingredients. And both are antibacterial herbs.

Horapa. The most popular Thai basil and commonly used in cooking. It belongs to the Ocimum Basilcumcultivar family. Generally, this antibacterial herb has a subtle mint flavor—licorice as they call it. Well, generally, Thai basils are minty.

If you want to keep healthy and out of ailment most times, make it a habit to mix this antibacterial herb in your dishes. Or enjoy its brew with family and friends. The oil or scent by-products are also interesting gifts to give to your loved ones for herbal wellness.

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