Basil leaf is a wonderful herb that has many uses in cooking, natural medicine, and more.

Basil leaf is a wonderful herb that has many uses in cooking, natural medicine, and more.

Basil, when used as a garnish for food, has a way of making all foods look tasty. It gives that professional edge to food, even for those of us who definitely do not have the cooking hand. What is it about this plant (or leaf rather) that gives that effect?

The basil leaf is small and pointy with a slight lemony scent that is unique and incomparable. It is an excellent herb for seasonings and is most popularly used in pasta and as a garnish. Its unique taste is ideal for drink cocktails, mostly mojitos and margaritas.

This small leaf with a sensational smell possesses tremendous health benefits that one would think is outside its scope. Firstly, basil promotes heart health. Basil may be a flavorful addition to our kitchen cuisine, but it’s also rich in powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage and cholesterol. Basil is also an excellent source of magnesium, improving blood flow, and promoting cardiovascular health and wellbeing.

Also, the sweet leaf develops healthy skin. Essential oils found in basil have been known to be organic alternatives in treating dry skin, acne and psoriasis. It also prevents some cancers. So each time someone has pasta or spaghetti sauce riddled with basil leaves they can know that they are having a meal filled with flavonoids which contain nutrients that help keep the body’s cells healthy.

Basil boosts the immune system, it has important antibacterial properties. When applied to the skin or surfaces, basil fights back against bacteria and so much more such as promote a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Not just any old herb, basil has anti-inflammatory properties second-to-none that can provide much-needed relief from all kinds of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) conditions. Basis is also reportedly helpful in treating constipation, indigestion, stomach cramps, and more.

So I suggest whether we are eating dumplings, chicken, macaroni and cheese or just having some refreshing drink that we add just a little basil. It is a small yet powerful herb that can promote healthy skin while battling cancer. Not many fruits, vegetables or herbs can boast these results.