This herb is used in treating inflammation, digestive disorders, kidney stones, diabetes, heart diseases and infection. The unique array of flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. Theses flavonoids protect chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage. This herb also has antimicrobial properties useful in the topical treatment of ringworm. Basil is also used as a remedy for the following problems: Nausea, gas pains and dysentery, vomiting, constipation, sore gums coughs, colds, fevers, headaches.
Vitamins and minerals: A good source of vitamin K and A. Magnesium is also present in basil. This essential mineral helps the heart and blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Other nutrients found in basil include iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
Effect on body odor and bad breath: The herb is a carmenative, meaning that it relieves gas and be useful for relieving stomach cramps, vomiting and constipation. Basil destroys bacteria which are responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath. It also has astringent properties which make the gums hold the teeth tighter thereby protecting them from falling. The basil juice is applied to fungal infections.
Remedy: Chew fresh basil leaves.
Warning: One of its ingredient, estragole, is believed to be carcinogenic.