Basil has these 7 medicinal uses
Basil is known as a culinary herb usually added to Italian cuisine but it also has seven (7) medicinal uses that you might don’t know.
This culinary herb is also called Ocimum basilicum possesses these properties:
- a natural anti-inflammatory
- high in antioxidants
- soothes the stomach
- calms a cough
- takes the sting out of a bug bite.
Here are the seven ways that show the medicinal uses of basil, according to Feathers in the Woods.
It is used to settle the stomach as it is known to be a member of the mint family. In using this herb for your upset stomach, just make a tea from 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil to boiling water and steep for about 5 minutes. After straining, sweeten with raw honey to taste. Aside from an upset stomach, basil tea can also soothe a cough.
Basil can also be used as a remedy for sore throat. Just brew a basil tea but do not add honey. Let the tea cool and use this to gargle.
For your headache, just add about 5 basil leaves to boiling water for a few minutes, then let it cool and sip slowly. This herb works better on tension headaches because of its muscle relaxing qualities.
Congestion can also be solved by basil. As a remedy, you can add chopped basil leaves in boiling water. Then, remove from heat and breath the steam in to help with congestion. This method can also be done for your headache.
By chewing a basil leaf, you can have relief from migraine.
In using this herb for your bug bite, just crush fresh Basil and apply this on the affected area. Based on the article, you can also rub crushed basil on a wart daily and it will help remove it.
Since basil has a very uplifting scent, you can use it also as aromatherapy. This will help your concentration and improves mood.