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Skin And Health Benefits Of Basil

Updated on May 14, 2015

Basil is an extremely beneficial herb that doesn’t need any introduction. It is widely used in various recipes around the world specially Italian and Asian. But it is mainly known for its medicinal properties. Belonging to the mint family, Basil is abundantly grown in various regions of Asia. It is easily available and can be stored in refrigerator for more than a week. Basil leaves are known to contain different essential oils that are helpful in the treatment of various health problems. Below are some profound benefits of Basil that will compel you to make it your favourite herb.

Skin benefits

This amazing herb is a store for various vitamins and antioxidants that help rejuvenate the skin. Basil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that not only keep minor skin infections at bay, but are also highly successful in treating acne and pimples. The essential oils found in basil leaves repair the skin thereby slowing the process of ageing. It has also proved very helpful in reducing the swelling of skin due to insect bite. Fresh Basil juice reduces itchiness and relieves the skin naturally.

Here is what you can do:

Make a paste of a few Basil leaves with rose water and apply on the pimples. This not only cures the pimples but also significantly reduces the chances of further outbursts.

Health benefits

Basil is an excellent natural medicine for a complete treatment of the body. It is a high source of Vitamin A and is also rich in magnesium, iron and potassium. Basil leaves have antiseptic properties that quickly heal cuts and wounds. It can also be used to get rid of the inflammation caused by insect bites. The essential oils found in Basil leaves have proved very helpful in the treatment of asthma and minor throat infections. Studies have shown that Basil can be potentially used to treat fatal diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Here is what you can do:

Take some fresh Basil leaves and boil with water. Strain it in a container. This concoction can be used as a gargle to sooth a sore throat and you can also use it to make tea. Drink hot to get instant relief from cough and common cold.


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