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Basil Leaves

Basil Leaves

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Basil plays a role in the many Mediterranean, and particularly Italian, cuisines. It forms the basis of pesto and adds a distinctive flavour to salads, pasta, pizza, and other dishes. 

Goes very well with tomato, fish and poultry dishes and is a popular flavour in stews, sauces, sausages, bouquets and garnishes.

In the diet, basil can provide vitamins, minerals, and a range of antioxidants that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties.

  • Basil leaves are composed of health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Vitamin K in basil is essential for the production of clotting factors in the blood and plays a vital role in bone strengthening and mineralization.
  • Basil has properties that might help protect the skin from some effects of aging.
  • The essential oil also stimulates the nervous system, fights stress, anxiety, mental fatigue and helps concentration.
  • It has antiseptic and expectorant properties and is considered excellent perspiration.
  • Eating basil leaves, as a salad, fights constipation.
  • The infusion abdominal cramps and stomach nerves.
  • Basil tea helps digestion and soothes the intestines.
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