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Health Benefits of Basil

By eHealthIQ
Reviewed: October 22, 2013

When you think of basil, pasta, Italian food, but do you think of basil when you have the flu? Basil is a popular herb used in many different types of food.

Basil has many health benefits for the body. Read on to learn some of these surprising facts about basil.

  • Anti-stress agent
  • Vitamins include within basil are K, A, Iron and Calcium
  • Sharpens memory
  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Fights against flu and colds
  • Protects cell walls from free radical damage
  • Eliminates infections
  • Basil can be used as a healthy, organic option to help heal dry skin due to acne and help soothe psoriasis.
  • Relieves mucus
  • Heals insect bites and leech bites
  • When basil is used on the skin or applied to a surface, it can fight against bacteria. It’s helpful to use on wounds or cuts.
  • If you happen to have an upset stomach due to cramps, indigestion or constipation, basil can help.

 

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