Basil tea is an Ayurvedic natural remedy used to treat a wide variety of diseases such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol. Hindus worship the plant for its religious significance as well.
Basil Tea description
Basil, a plant from the mint family, is original from India and Asia. It is an aromatic herb with a strong fragrance being largely used in spaghetti sauces, stews and tomato recipes.
Basil is a source of vitamins and other nutrients. Studies showed that this herb has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory health properties, fighting against intestinal problems, headaches and ulcers, as well.
In aromatherapy, basil is used to alleviate mental fatigue.
Basil tea is the resulting beverage from brewing the abovementioned plant.
Basil Tea brewing
To prepare Basil tea:
- bring the water and the basil leaves to boil (in a small tea pan)
- lower the heat and allow it to brew for 3-4 minutes
- add the tea leaves or tea bags and sugar according to taste
- bring to boil
- turn off the heat
- strain it into cups and add milk according to taste
Basil Tea benefits
Studies claimed that Basil Tea is successesfully used to:
- treat intestinal colics, gastric ulcers and bloating/swelling of the abdomen
- treat anorexia
- fight urinary tract infections
- help against diarrhea
- help fight insomnia
- help treat lesions and inflammations in the mouth
- enhance the body’s ability to resist stress
- help to relieve pain
Basil Tea side effects
Basil tea side effects are generally associated to large intakes. There have been thus noticed:shallow breathing, blood in the urine or sputum, mouth and throat burns, nausea, racing heartbeat, seizures, dizziness and coma.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as women trying to become pregnant should not use Basil tea.
Basil tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, proving itself to be an important adjuvant in treating arthritis, fevers and other ailments. It is also constantly used to add savor to several dishes.