The health benefits of Basil tea have been known in the annals of folk remedies in the olden days and are now slowly seeping into the consciousness of mainstream life.
The basil is an annual culture plant that stands about 20 to 60 centimeters tall. It has oval leaves, hairy stems, and flowers that are either white or reddish. Due to its strong aromatic properties, the basil herb is typically utilized as a seasoning for different types of dishes in many parts of the world. Basil is widely used in spaghetti sauces, stews and tomato recipes.
The best quality basil is usually grown in warm and sunny climates.
Basil is known to be a source of vitamin K, iron, calcium and other nutrients. Basil is likewise known to impart sedative, diuretic and antiseptic properties. Ancient cultures have long used basil for centuries to treat various stomach and respiratory problems.
Basil Tea is typically prepared by placing about 1 to 2 spoonfuls of shredded basil leaves in 250 ml of boiling water. The resultant basil tea should be steeped for about 2 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups of basil tea a day, best after each meal.
The following are the health benefits attributed to basil tea:
- May help treat intestinal colics, gastric ulcer and bloating/swelling of the abdomen.
- May help treat anorexia.
- May help fight urinary tract infections.
- May help against diarrhea.
- May help fight insomnia.
- As a throat wash, basil tea may help treat lesions and inflammations in the mouth.