We all know and use basil on a fairly regular basis. It’s a herb commonly used in cooking thanks to its pleasant smell and aroma, but it turns out that it can be used for much more. It has numerous health benefits mostly due to the presence of antioxidants and powerful volatile oils. In addition to the many health benefits, basil leaves can help smokers kick off this nasty habit and give up smoking completely naturally.
Here are some of the most beneficial health properties of basil.
Fights Inflammation and reduces pain
As we already mentioned before, basil is rich in a number of essential oils, including eugenol, linalool and citronellal, which have the ability to inhibit enzymes and reduce inflammation. This means that you can use basil leaves as natural pain relievers and in inflammation reducers.
Prevents bacterial and viral infections
Basil contains essential oils which have powerful anti-microbial properties and help in the fight against a wide range of viruses and bacteria. According to the latest study published in the Journal of Food and Agriculture, these essential oils in basil can have an antimicrobial effect on different types of bacteria, yeast and mold. Moreover, some studies have shown that basil oil can reduce the growth of some food borne bacteria like E.coli.
Promotes respiratory health
Ayurvedic medicine promotes the use of basil oil for the reduction of mucus in the sinuses and lungs. It has been found to possess expectorant properties which help us flush out the mucus out of our body. Eugenol, camphene and cineole, the main essential oils in basil, have antibacterial properties and can help with lung disease. It can also help prevent damage to the lungs as a result of long-term smoking and tuberculosis.
Effectively reduces tobacco cravings
We all know that smoking is harmful for our entire health but still, some people decide to ignore the warnings and continue smoking despite the dangers. They justify their actions by saying that they’re unable to quit it, that they’re addicted and that nothing has helped them kick this bad habit.
Tobacco is addictive mostly because of the presence of nicotine. We’re not addicted to the tobacco per se, but more to the nicotine it contains. Many people have tried a number of things to quit smoking but they still haven’t been able to do it. Well, studies show that basil leaves can help you do it completely naturally.
All you need to do is pick a few fresh basil leaves and chew on them whenever you feel like smoking. It will reduce the cravings and can even help with the issues caused by earlier use of tobacco. Chew on a 2-3 basil leaves in the morning and you’ll be surprised by the result.