Basil seeds has many properties and are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory contents.
Basil seeds are popular ingredients of Ayurveda.
Basil seeds are also part of unani, Persian and Chinese medicines and are used in home remedies.
There are different ways to use basil seeds.
1. Add ¼ tsp basil seeds to one glass water and drink: This has multiple benefits.
- Reduces hunger
- Acts as coolant
- Reduces constipation
- Boosts oral health
- Boosts immunity
- Reduces gut inflammation
- Reduces arthritic swelling
2. Crush make powder of one tsp of basil seeds and mix with warm coconut oil: Strain and apply this mix on skin half an hour prior to bath. This application reduces inflammation and itching of skin surface.
3. Milk and basil seed mix: To cold boiled milk add half tsp of basil seeds and mix well. Drink this before going to bed- this mix reduces acidity and good to control diabetes. This also helps in hair growth!
4. Soak 1 tsp basil seed in a glass coconut water and drink: Drinking this mix reduces acidity and constipation. This mix is also a good detoxifying drink. It is diuretic too.
5. Mix 1.5 tsp basil seed in a glass of lemon water – add a tsp of grated or fine cut ginger, couple of chopped mint leaves and jaggery for taste: Drinking this liquid not only reduces thirst, boosts energy and reduces heat related body pain.
6. Add basil seeds to falooda drink containing rose syrup, vermicelli, milk and choice of ice cream – Consume this to keep body cool and hydrated. Falooda is a popular summer days drink/dessert of India.
7. Just keep a pinch of basil seeds on your tongue and allow it to swell: Slowly swallow swollen basil seeds – this helps you to relax, relieves mental fatigue and stress. It has calming effect on nervous system.
8. Include basil seeds in your meal or snack: It keeps us full and stops us going overboard about food. Means, basil seeds helps in weight loss. It does contain dietary fiber. It also provides few calories and one should be careful about consuming too much basil seeds.
If you are pregnant do not use basil seeds – reports say basil seeds can increase estrogen levels and can have negative effect.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: July 6, 2018