Basil is a herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Basil is used for stomach spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, fluid retention, head colds, warts, and worm infections. Women use basil before and after pregnancy to stimulate blood circulation, and also to promote the flow of breast milk. Some people use it as a gargle.
In foods, basil is used for flavor.
How does it work?
Basil contains many chemicals which may help in getting rid of intestinal worms. Basil contains high levels of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Uses of Basil
- Acne: Studies suggest that applying a gel containing basil and sweet orange essential oils to the skin for 8 weeks might help clear breakouts in people with acne.
- Mental fatigue. Studies suggest that aromatherapy with basil, peppermint, and sandy everlasting essential oils may decline mental fatigue in some people.
- Head colds.
- Loss of appetite.
- Intestinal gas.
- Stomach spasms.
- Kidney disorders.
- Blood circulation.
- Snake and insect bites.
- Other conditions.
Basil is considered safe when taken by mouth in food amounts. Basil is also safe for adults when taken by mouth as a medicine, short-term. It may also help in bringing down high blood sugar levels.
Basil is known to be nearly safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in moderate food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts can cause a possibility of distress.
For children, Basil is likely safe in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts are possibly unsafe.
Bleeding disorders: Basil oils and extracts might slow blood clotting and increase bleeding. Basil oils and extracts might make bleeding disorders worse.
Low blood pressure: Basil extracts might help bring down blood pressure. Good for people regularly suffering with high blood pressures. Not so good for people with normal or low blood pressure as it bring the pressures further down.
Surgery: Basil oils and extracts might slow blood clotting. Basil oils or extracts may increase the risk for bleeding during surgical procedures. Avoid basil consumption for at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Dosage of Basil
There are several factors that determine the appropriate dose of basil such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. Appropriate dosage of basil consumption has not been established yet. Take a note that not always are the natural products safe and hence dosages can be important. Make a note to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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