Basil or even holy basil is a herb that is known for providing relief from a series of ailments and health problems. It has been known for its many therapeutic and healing properties over the years. The holy basil or even regular forms of basil can be easy found in fresh forms or you can grow the same in your home too.
Treating cough and cold
One of the most common household purposes that basil is used for is healing and treating cough and cold. If you have an acute cold, then it is suggested that you mix the juice of about 10-12 leaves of holy basil with some fresh ginger juice and a spoon of honey. Drinking this 2-3 times a day is known for clearing blocked nose, easing the mucus and also fighting viral infections.
For a cough, you can also make an easy basil tea. Just boil a cup of water and add 4-5 torn leaves of basil to the same. Along with this, add some grated ginger here and finally a few tea leaves if you want. Once it comes to a boil, take off the heat and add some honey and lemon too. Basil helps in reducing the blockage in the chest and oesophagus that aids the cough in coming out faster.
Fights fever, viral and bacterial infections
Research shows that keeping a holy basil plant near the window is suggested. As the fresh air comes in from the window, the plant absorbs a lot of malicious bacteria and viruses, thus working as an air purifier. Additionally, one can also include lots of basil in their foods in fresh forms. Eating basil leaves on a regular basis helps in reducing the chances of infections.
Induces hunger and improves taste buds
Often, post a long fever or similar illness, it seems that your taste buds have gone for a toss. You are unable to really get flavour out of anything. Also, your food cravings have gone down. At such times, you can simply chew on a few leaves of basil and let the juices penetrate. Additionally, you may add 1-2 peppercorn to the leaves and then chew along with some sugar candy. This induces your taste buds along with enhancing digestive functions. As a result, you also feel a little more hungry and find that your appetite is back.
Cough and cold