Traditionally, basil has been used as a medicinal plant in the treatment of headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms, and kidney malfunction.
Here are some key points about basil:
- The herb may have anti-inflammatory qualities.
- Basil is a potent antibacterial.
- Containing just 22 calories per 100 grams, basil is nutrient-heavy and calorie-light.
- Basil may contain compounds that fight the effects of aging.
About the plant:
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is aromatic herbs that are used extensively to add a distinctive aroma and flavor to food.
The leaves of the plant are sweet, aromatic, warming and pungent. They are used as a flavoring agent and in the preparation of salads. It is a very good companion plant to grow in the house, its aromatic foliage helping to reduce problems caused by insect pests.
Common name: Sweet Basil And Harry Bail, English: Basil, Sweet basil
Bengali: Khubkalam ,
Malayalam: Kattu tulasi
How to use:
You can use the soaked basil seeds right away if you’re in a hurry, but it’s recommended to soak basil seeds for at least a couple hours before using them. This will ensure their digestive enzymes are fully released.
You can use the soaked seeds with their jelly-like coat, or rinse and strain the seeds if you want to get rid of the coating. These are a few different ways you can start eating basil seeds:
- Add them to drinks, such as fruit juices, coconut milk or teas.
- Blend them into smoothies.
- Sprinkle on top of salads.
- Mix into vegan cheeses or cream sauces.
- Use them in desserts where you would use tapioca or other thickeners.
- Combine with yogurt and fruit.