Today basil is grown across the world, but originally it was native to Asia and Africa. While basil or tulsi is known for its flavour, it also has several health benefits.
It contains a range of essential oils that are rich in phenolic compounds and as well as polyphenols like flavonoids and anthocyanins, all important for good health.
The (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP) in the herb is useful to treat arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Basil leaves improve memory.
It is effective in bringing down fever.
Suffering from a cough? Basil is an essential ingredient in several cough syrups and expectorants. It provides relief from bronchitis, influenza and asthma, while chewing its leaves relieves cold. To ease a sore throat add basil leaves to warm water and gurgle.
Certain studies also say that basil juice, when mixed with honey, is effective in treating kidney stones.
Experts recommend chewing a handful of basil leaves daily to prevent stress. It is also known to purify blood when taken daily.
Get relief from mouth ulcers and infections by chewing on basil leaves.
Treat a headache by mixing basil leaves and sandalwood paste and applying on the forehead.