Basil is considered to be sacred in India and goes by the name Tulsi. There are several types of basil however, sweet basil is the most common one.
Benefits of Basil
Basil is Anti-Inflammatory
It has been used for a long time to treat anti-inflammatory disorders, since its extracts help reduce inflammation. This property in basil is good for treating autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and also cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Worried about wrinkles? Studies show that basil has properties to prevent harmful effects of ageing. This herb is used traditionally in the Aryuvedic system of medicine to promote youthfulness. The holy herb is also seen to fight oxidation which slows down the ageing.
Research shows that this plant has anti-bacterial properties, which are vital in wound healing. Some people also use this herb after surgery to help protect the wounds -it increases wound breaking strength (pressure or weight a wound can take before it breaks) and healing time. It is therefore ideal to have basil at home for first aid.
Apart from its antibacterial properties, basil is also an antibiotic that could be used to treat typhoid fever. It helps get rid of the bacteria, bring down the fever, calm your stomach and even boost your immune system. We have actually tried it before and it worked. However, always consult your doctor before using this as your ultimate remedy.
Basil is considered as a potent adaptogen, and is seen to be able to promote wellbeing and resilience, hence helping your mind to cope with many types/sources of stress like; chemical, physical, infectious and emotional. Next time you feel a bit weighed down, just boil some of the fresh herb in water and drink it.
Where to Find:
If in Kenya, you can find fresh herbs at your local grocer or Zucchini. You can also opt for a seedling which you can grow for yourself at home.
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 chopped white onion
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 chicken brest cubed
- 2 tbsp non-gmo cooking oil
- 1 chopped chilli
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Heat oil in a wok/frying pan
- Add onions and sugar and fry till lightly browned
- Add chicken breast, turmeric, and carrots
- Sprinkle paprika
- Add soy sauce and basil
- Stir fry till cooked through
- Serve with rice or pasta