- Nourishing and healing properties of basil
- Healing juice recipes with basil
Basil, belonging to the Labiatae family, is an aromatic herb that measures between 20 and 60 cm. In this post we will discuss all about basil juice.
Its stem is quadrangular and branched; while its leaves are opposite and oval. As for its flowers, they are white, pinkish or yellowish.
Basil has been used in India for four thousand years where it is consecrated to the god Vishnu. Later, it spread to other regions. The Romans linked this herb with falling in love.
Nowadays, it is widely used in Italian cuisine, especially to make pesto, mozzarella and tomato salad and pizzas.
Nourishing and healing properties of basil
Basil is rich in minerals such as iron and manganese, and among its active components, aromatic essential oil, tannins, glycosides and saponin, with tonic-gastric, antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties.
Basil essential oil is widely used to steam or vaporize in case of sinusitis (four drops in 500 ml of boiling water).
The infusion of fresh leaves helps fight indigestion and constipation. With honey and lemon, it relieves chest congestion and bronchitis.
For insect bites, they can be rubbed with fresh basil leaves to soothe the itch.
If you want to reinvigorate your tired muscles, you can take baths with fresh basil leaves.
With basil you can also detoxify the body, since, being rich in chlorophyll, it cleanses the blood of heavy metals, improves circulation and increases energy.
The following is a series of recipes for healing juices that contain basil among their ingredients.
Healing juice recipes with basil
Energy juice with basil Basil
leaves provide iron that increases energy levels and prevents the desire to eat fatty snacks
4 large tomatoes, sliced
3 logs of celery, topped, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled
A bunch of fresh basil
Wrap the pieces of tomato, celery and garlic with the basil leaves. Pass pieces of the vegetables, alternating them, through the blender. Stir and drink immediately.
Rejuvenating Basil Juice
This drink provides cell-rejuvenating nutrients. In this sense, basil is a herb rich in manganese, necessary for healthy skin, bones and cartilage.
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
10 olives, pitted
3 large carrots, ends trimmed and diced
1/2 cucumber, cut into chunks
Wrap the olives and the carrot and cucumber pieces with the basil leaves. Pass pieces of vegetables and olives, alternating them, through the blender. Stir and drink immediately.
Basil juice to strengthen the immune system
After a period of poor health, this nutritious juice restores strength to the immune system. Oranges are famous for their vitamin C content, but they also provide more than 170 phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids, all beneficial for the immune system. Some compounds present in basil leaves can inhibit various species of harmful bacteria.
A bunch of fresh basil leaves
2 oranges, peeled and cut into wedges
2 kiwis. chopped
2 large carrots, ends trimmed and diced
Wrap the orange segments with the basil leaves. Pass them through the blender alternating them with pieces of orange, kiwi and carrot. Stir and drink immediately
Basil juice for weight loss
3 large basil
leaves 2 large collard greens (discard the stems)
water to your liking in the blender and then add the collard greens and basil. Beat the mixture until smooth. Add the fruit and continue to process intermittently until the drink reaches the desired consistency.
Basil juice to detoxify the body of heavy metals
6 large strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup spinach
5 basil leaves
1/2 lime (peeled)
If you want, you can even make it into a smoothie instead of a juice – just add skimmed yogurt?
Natural remedies with basil
- Basil remedy for colds Drink, during the day, the cooking of 10 grams of basil leaves in 1/2 liter of hot white wine.
2. Basil remedy for crushed lips, eyelids and nipples Crush and crush a handful of dried basil leaves and use as an ointment on the affected areas.
3. Basil remedy for burning when urinating Pour 1 teaspoon of basil seed in half a liter of water that is boiling. Cover and let cool. Take throughout the day.
Recommendations and precautions
While dried basil does not have the lush fragrance of fresh basil, its leaves contain a high concentration of healthy volatile oils, which is evident when you open a jar of this spice! It should be a uniform dark green color.
Dried basil can keep for six months if stored in an airtight container located in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
While the use of sweet basil is widespread, the other varieties can be difficult to find, even dry.
The essential oil should not be used during pregnancy, but the leaves can be eaten.