JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Many people know that Basil leaves are usually only eaten as fresh vegetables. Basil is often mixed with cucumber, chili, and other fresh vegetables to make salad. The distinctive aroma, strong but soft is an attraction for anyone to enjoy.
In Thailand it is known as manglak, and is also often found in local cuisine.
But do you know? Aside from being fresh vegetables, basil is also good for health. Here are the benefits of basil for health:
1. Treating fever
Basil leaves are rich in phytonutrients and healing oils, which make basil leaves very effective in curing malaria fever and dengue fever. Boil basil leaves that have been mashed, and added it to tea.
For high fever, you can also use a mixture of basil leaves, sugar, and milk mixed with cardamom powder and added with about ½ liter of water that can be consumed to reduce fever.
2. Good for healthy eyes
The content of vitamin A that many basil leaves have helps maintain eye health. Beta-carotene is very good for eye health and prevents the eye from unwanted diseases such as myopic, and cataract, among others.
3. Helps treat cough
Basil leaves have long been used to help treat cough. The benefits of basil leaves are believed to be able to thin the phlegm and eliminate itching in the throat when coughing. You can eat it directly as fresh vegetables, make tea or stew basil leaves that are drunk when warm.
4. Improve blood flow
Benefits of basil leaves to help blood vessels and heart relax, and blood flow in the body will remain smooth. This is because basil leaves contain magnesium.
5. Helps with bone development
Basil leaves apparently also helps bone development, because the content of phosphorus and potassium in it is useful in the formation and development of bone organs, so it also prevents porous bone problems.
6. Relieves fever and colds
Basil leaves can relieve fever and colds suffered by toddlers. Take a few basil leaves, then squeeze them with onion and coconut oil, then apply them to your toddler's stomach, chest and back.