Basil is a popular culinary and ornamental herb; experienced cooks all over the world love to add its unique aroma and flavor to everything from soups, sauces and marinades to omelets and shellfish. Little do people know that basil actually makes for a fantastic cup of tea! Not only does it have a refreshing taste, but it also has quite a number of health benefits you might not be aware of.
Here are 7 surprising reasons why you should start drinking basil tea:
1. It’s great for relieving stress, anxiety and depression
Basil has an uplifting effect on the nervous system, and can help with nausea. It is often used in aromatherapy to treat depression and negativity, and because it can also ease overworked and stressed muscles, it is popular with dancers and athletes
2. It helps detoxify your liver
Basil helps in producing detoxifying enzymes, higher antioxidant defenses and a reduction of fat buildup that can cause liver disease.
3. It’s good for your digestive system
Basil has been used to help nervous dyspepsia, and can ease indigestion and flatulence. It has also been known to reduce bloating and water retention, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, and acid reflux.
4. It’s an Antioxidant
Basil has ability to help fight free radical damage while protecting DNA structure and cells, which allows it to fight oxidation and slow down the effects of aging.
5. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
Basil helps lower inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
6. It’s Anti-Bacterial
Studies have shown that basil helps provide protection against harmful bacterial growth and in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotic treatments.
7. It Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax, promoting healthy blood pressure. It has ability to help prevent the clumping together of blood platelets that can form a clot within the arteries and cause cardiac arrest.
For those looking to start a healthy new habit, visit 3 Springs Mountain Park for its recently introduced Basil Tea, which was grown naturally in its farm.
Important reminder: This is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease).