Holy Basil, often referred to as the “queen of herbs”, belongs to the mint family and it is often used in cooking. The scientific name is Ocimum tenuiflorum and the herb are used to treat cough, cold and fever as it acts as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent. Holy Basil also lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels and is known to have anti-cancerous properties.
Benefits of Basil Leaf
Prevents Cardiovascular Problems: Basil leaf helps in treating cardiovascular problems and prevents Coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. Basil is a rich source of magnesium and helps in maintaining blood pressure in the body along with acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Dental Care: Basil leaf contains antioxidants which removes free radicals and protects the teeth from oxidative damage. The herb also has antimicrobial properties which prevent tooth decay and tooth aches.
Acts as Antibiotics: Basil leaf is a source of various vitamins and minerals which prevents infectious problems and treats cough, cold, fever and can act as a mild antibiotic.
Harmful Effects of Basil Leaf
Excessive intake of basil can lead to hypoglycaemia as it lowers the glucose level in the body. Hence, those suffering from diabetes are not recommended or should take advice from professional practitione