The properties of basil

The properties of basil

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The list of all properties of basil and his seeds. THE basil seeds, in fact, like the leaves, they can be highly appreciated for their multiple benefits.

Thebasilit is an aromatic plant that is easy to grow and, above all, it has multipletherapeutic properties. In addition to the famous aromatic peculiarities that make it precious in the kitchen, thebasilincludes severalpropertywhich make it suitable for the preparation of herbal teas, infusions and other natural remedies.

Basil, plant and cultivation

Thebasilit is a plant with an erect stem and rich in ramifications that end with pedunculated leaves with an oval and pointed shape. Depending on the variety, the leaves ofbasilthey can be small or large, the flowers are white or pink and overall, the plant rarely exceeds half a meter in height.

The plant ofbasilit is native to Asia and is grown in vegetable gardens and gardens all over the world for itspropertyaromatic. The harvest takes place from spring to late summer: the flowering tops are harvested in summer. For all information on how to grow basil at home all year round, I refer you to the page: growing basil in pots. In the guide we will also show you the possibility of cultivating the lesser known red basil.

Properties of basil

Thebasilowns discretepropertystimulating and exciting, it can help digestion and is well suited as a natural remedy for bad breath. It is a plant rich in active ingredients that improve gastrointestinal functions, a basil infusion, in fact, is excellent to drink after eating, especially after abundant lunches or dinners. It is ideal for stomach heaviness and all those affections generally defined as "nervous tension in the stomach”.

Infusion of basil, properties

To aid digestion, ainfusion based on basilplacing 20 grams of fresh leaves in a liter of boiling water. The leaves should be left to rest in boiling water for about 10 minutes. This infusion can be consumed to aid digestion in dosages of 2-3 cups per day after each meal.

Thebasilrepresents a natural remedy that can prevent thyroid disorders. A tablespoon of basil leaves is left to rest for 10 minutes in 250 ml of boiling water. It is filtered, left to cool and eaten. For other properties: basil essential oil.

Basil, nutritional values

One hundred grams of basil provide only 22 calories. Basil is rich in vitamins and trace elements such as zinc, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and iron. For all information onnutritional valuesI refer you to the dedicated page: basil, nutritional properties.

Basil seeds

Not everyone knows that thebasilproduces godsedible seedswhich include manytherapeutic properties. In Asian cuisine, basil seeds make drinks (such as the Iranian sharbat) and desserts (such as falooda, a typical Indian dessert traditionally prepared also in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka).

Basil seeds vaguely resemble chia seeds (they are small and black). Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and K, apportanus high levels of beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. They have relaxing properties, promote digestion and counteract constipation.

In the cultivation of basil for the use of the leaves, we always recommend topping the plant by eliminating the flower shoots. If you are wonderingwhere to find basil seedsto take advantage of their healing properties, know that you can get them from the same plant. Let the basil bloom and, in late spring, when they bloom, collect the seeds as explained in the guide:how to collect basil seeds.

In the photo above, theFlooda, a kind of milkshake rich in basil seeds.

How to store basil

The basil you cankeep throughout the year, befreshthat dried. Not only that, with basil you can prepare a very famous condiment: pesto. To know all the methods of preserving basil, I refer you to the page:how to store basil.

Basil is very famous because used to prepare pestoe with the right conservation, it is possible to have fresh, homemade pesto all year round. You can choose to make pesto in oil or frozen.

In both cases, you must first prepare the pesto with the recipe that suits you best. Ready the pesto if you need to freeze it, place it in small jars, for example those of baby food are perfect, in this way you will have your single portions ready. To preserve it in oil, instead, put the pesto in a jar and finally cover everything with either seed or olive oil. Let the oil stop bubbling, after which close everything with an airtight lid and keep in a dark and dry place.

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