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Basil

Basil

The name "basil" comes from Latin, Basilius. Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant, and is used in cuisines worldwide.

Basil is easy to sow from seed and is relatively quick to germinate. Basil grows well in warm environments that receive about six hours of sun each day. Not much more soil amendment is necessary. In fact, if the soil is too rich, basil loses some of its flavor intensity.

Benefits

  • Contains Disease-Fighting Antioxidants

One of the key benefits of basil essential oil is the ability to help fight free radical damage while protecting DNA structure and cells. 

  • Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory

Basil contains powerful essential oils, including eugenol, citronellal and linalool. These are enzyme-inhibiting oils that help lower inflammation.

  • Fights Cancer

Using basil extract can be beneficial as a supplemental cancer treatment even when someone is already undergoing traditional forms of treatments.

  • Helps Protect from Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Basil extracts have been found to reduce circulating blood glucose levels and inflammation, which makes basil protective against diabetes development and other forms of metabolic syndrome.

  • Protects Blood Vessels

As it possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, basil can help the muscles controlling blood vessel function to contract and relax.

  • Protects Blood Vessels

As it possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, basil can help the muscles controlling blood vessel function to contract and relax.

USES

  • Basil Pesto

This culinary use is one of Basil’s most popular uses and variations of this are used in cultures around the world. 

  • Types

There are a number of types of basil, which differ in taste and smell. Sweet basil (the most commercially available basil used in Italian food) has a strong clove scent because of its high concentration of the chemical agent eugenol. Alternatively, lime and lemon basil have a strong citrus scent due to their high concentration of limonene.