Ocimum basilicum, or better known among people as basil, is an incredible antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals damage, cancer, and prevents aging.
The beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the body prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and protects the heart and blood vessels. It also prevents rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, osteoarthritis, which are often the result of free radicals.
Scientific researches approve that basil is a powerful antiseptic and antioxidant that treats various bacterial infections and boosts the immune system. It is also rich in vitamin B6 that prevents accumulation of harmful ingredients, like homocysteine, lowers the risk of arrhythmia and provides relaxation of the muscles, and magnesium that prevents heart attacks and strengthens the cardiovascular system.
Basil is also commonly present in many cuisines around the world due to the fact that it goes well with various foods. The best way to preserve its taste is to use it fresh and to add it at the end of the preparation process.
Basil tea is very delicious and healthy. Just pour hot water over some chopped basil leaves and leave it like that for about 8 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
You can also prepare desserts with it. Chop the basil and mix it with some lemon juice, add some water and sugar cane juice, and freeze it in ice cubes. Then, blend the ice cubes in a blender and serve it as an ice dessert in a Mediterranean style.
You can also mix it in fresh Italian salad of tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
The most famous basil dish is pesto Genovese’s that is prepared with pine nuts, green basil sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Prepare the sauce by adding olive oil, garlic, and chopped basil. Serve it with rice, pasta, and brochette.