Traditionally, basil is appreciated mainly for its antispasmodic and digestive qualities.
Basil is a herbaceous plant, native to India, which can reach up to 60cm. It is grown all over the world and is mainly used as an aromatic plant. In India we revere the variety known as tulsi, or sacred basil, as a sacred plant.
The composition of its essential oil differs according to its geographical origin. Its therapeutic efficacy is not unanimous, however it is widely used throughout the world for a large number of ailments.
Properties of basil:
Basil will be useful in cases of
- difficult digestion
- bloating and flatulence
- intestinal parasites
- insomnia of nervous origin
- migraines of nervous origin
- tonic of the nervous system (balance, does not stimulate)
According to Indian scientists, basil oil is effective in destroying bacteria in the skin. This would make it effective in reducing acne (externally applied to the skin).
Stimulates the immune system
Animal research has demonstrated that basil produces an increase of 20% in antibody production. This would explain the reputation of this plant for fighting bacteria.
Basil oil would be effective in eliminating intestinal parasites. It is used for this purpose, particularly in Malaysia. Young children and pregnant women should not be treated with basil oil.
Digestion and antispasmodic
The use of Basilis recommended by herbalists concerns the digestive, carminative and antispasmodic properties of the Basilisk. In the form of an infusion of leaves. (3 to 4 leaves per cup of water, let infuse for a few minutes, do not exceed 3 cups per day.
It is therefore not advisable to use the Basilisk in an abusive and prolonged manner, especially in the form of essential oil.
Instructions for use
Internal use: 1 dessert spoonful per cup of hot water. Let infuse 5 to 10 minutes. Drink one to three cups a day, after meals.
Essential oil: 3 to 5 drops in a little honey. Do not abuse the use of basil in the form of essential oil.