Its Latin name is Ocimum basilicum, but we all know it as basil. It is a green plant that we use in our diet especially as an addition to our meals. It has a specific aroma, and it can be of 6 different species.
This green plant with oval leaves, has powerful antioxidant properties that can protect us from free radical damage, cancer and it could also prevent aging.
One of the antioxidants in basil is beta-carotene. It is turned into vitamin A in the body. This antioxidant prevents various diseases and health conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and it also protects the heart and blood vessels (cleans the bloodstream, destroys cholesterol, etc).
Natural antibiotic and heart protector
Basil is also known as a natural antibiotic. According to scientific research, basil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it acts against various infections and thus boosts the immune system.
It acts as a protector of the heart and blood vessels since it is rich in vitamin B6 and magnesium. B6 prevents the accumulation of harmful ingredients and it decreases the risk of arrhythmia. Magnesium on the other hand strengthens the cardiovascular systems and prevents heart attacks.
Basil in cooking
Basil is used in various cuisines all over the world. It is commonly used fresh and has a strong flavor.
Basil is also consumed as a tea. It is extremely healthy and delicious. Pour some hot water over some chopped basil leaves, cover the pot and leave it for 8 minutes. In the end, strain and enjoy!
Basil can also be used in desserts. Here is a simple recipe:
- Chop the basil and mix it with lemon juice.
- Add some water and sugar cane juice, and freeze it in ice cubes.
- Then, blend the ice cubes in a blender and serve it as an ice dessert in a Mediterranean style.