Friday, October 14, 2011

Benefits of Basil

Benefits of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is part of the family Lamiaceae (Labiatae or), and is considered an aromatic plant.
The origins are from tropical Asia and in particular of' India, where it was considered a sacred plant, and the value of which continues today to be accredited.

The basil is a herbaceous plant, the stem can reach a height of 30-80 cm and the flowering occurs in the months between May and September. Being a plant of tropical origin must of course be in hot and sunny.

The varieties that we know are different:

Small Basil Leaves : easy to find on market stalls. Intense aroma and taste like lemon

Large Basil Leaves : the aroma resembles that of licorice, lemon and jasmine

Purple Basil : used in salads, it tastes of sweet and spicy

Thai Basil : the taste is reminiscent of cloves. Is used to season soups and exotic seafood.
For use on hot food it is advisable to use only fresh and added before serving to maintain the smell, taste and organoleptic benefitss of the leaves.

Like other fresh basil also has a limited duration. The maximum retention time locked in a cloth, is about two days but you can also store in the freezer.

Health Benefits of Basil

In addition to being a good seasoning for many dishes, basil has healthy benefits for our body. It was considered a sacred plant without coincidence, it has the ability to soothe digestive disorders, migraine relief forms due to poor digestion and forms of headaches.

It is a great tonic for the cardiovascular system and suitable for people suffering from hypertension. Basil are very good anti-fatigue in both the nervous and muscular.

It has benefits that affect the nervous system and it is very useful in cases of anxiety, exhaustion, fatigue. However, it is recommended not to assume too much because excessive amounts can lead to narcotic effects or irritation of the mucous membranes when used for outdoor use.

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