The potential benefits of basil leavesLast updated on Nov 30, 2020, 12:30 am
There are many species of basil leaves- Italian or curly basil, sweet basil, lemon basil, holy basil (tulsi), Thai basil, lettuce-leaf basil, and many more.
Basil is a popular culinary herb. Additionally, basil leaves are also beneficial in preventing and treating certain health issues.
Here are some potential benefits of basil leaves.
The antioxidants in basil leaves may prevent oxidative stress
To fight the free radicals that cause the disease-causing oxidative stress, our body needs antioxidants.
While the body is capable of making some amount of antioxidants on its own, the rest is acquired from our diet.
Basil is one such culinary ingredient that contains anthocyanins, beta carotene, orientin, viceninare, and many other antioxidants.
The consumption of basil leaves may improve heart health
Some studies have observed that certain components in basil may potentially benefit overall heart health.
The eugenol in basil can block calcium channels, which can help to lower blood pressure.
Basil also contains magnesium, which can help to improve blood flow by allowing muscles and blood vessels to relax.
Additionally, the essential oils in the herb may help to lower your cholesterol and triglycerides.
Basil oil may effectively treat skin conditions
Many ancient remedies use basil oil for treating skin conditions.
It is believed that the oil extracted from basil leaves has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties that may treat many skin infections when applied topically.
Although scientific evidence lacks in this area, the fragrance of basil oil can be really energizing and beneficial. Read ahead to find another interesting benefit of the oil.
Basil's essential oil might help reduce stress levels
It has been observed that basil essential oil may help manage depression, anxiety, stress, and improve your thinking abilities.
Apparently, the herb stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for inducing happiness and energy.
Additionally, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants that can help in managing high-stress levels. This is why basil is considered a powerful adaptogen or an anti-stress agent.