Basil seeds are black and tear shaped seeds, which are rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They are extensively used in cooking all over India. Basil seeds are also known as falooda seed, sweet basil, turkmaria seed or sabja seeds. The scientific name of basil seed is Ocimum Basilicum. Basil seeds have several medicinal and nutritional qualities. These seeds have a unique taste and can be added to various dishes for a nutritional boost. Basil seeds are mostly used during the summer as it provides cooling effects to the body. Here are some common health benefits of basil seeds.
Relief from acidity- The hectic lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits often causes the problem of acidity. Beneficial properties of basil seeds flush out the toxins from the body and provide instant relief to the stomach. Basil seeds have the ability to neutralise the side effects of hydrochloric acid and soothe the inner lining of the stomach.
Helps in shedding extra weight-
- Mix one tablespoon of basil seeds in a cup of milk. Drink it for a few days to clam the burning sensation in your stomach.
Basil seeds are very helpful in maintaining overall weight and reducing excess fat
. Basil seeds contain fibres which make you feel full for a long time after eating. Only a handful of basil seeds can do the trick. Omega-3 fatty acids
present in basil seeds can help reduce your cravings for eating more.
Fights cough and flu-
- Mix few soaked basil seeds with yogurt and eat it before your meal to control your appetite.
Basil seeds strengthen the body’s immune system and fights against seasonal flu and cough
. The antispasmodic property of basil seeds soothes the discomfort in the spasmatic muscles. Certain flavonoids such as orientin, beta-carotene, and vicenin help in controlling the cough.
- Grind basil seeds to form a powder. Consume that powder with warm milk to get rid off cough and flu.
Basil seeds help in controlling high levels of blood sugar in the body. Basil seeds slow down the metabolism rate thus, controlling the conversion rate of carbohydrates into glucose. These seeds bring down high blood sugar levels and prevent the complications associated with type-2 diabetes
- Mix one tablespoon of soaked basil seeds with a glass of warm milk and drink it daily.
Basil seeds are one of the prime sources of vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Basil seeds contain essential minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folates, and copper. Basil seeds are also an abundant source of vitamin K, vitamin A
, beta-carotene, lutein and essential oils like limonene and citronellal.
Basil seeds for healthy skin-
Basil seeds are very effective in the treatment of various skin infections
such as psoriasis and eczema. Eating basil seeds regularly helps in the secretion of collagen and ensures the production of new skin cells.
- Crush basil seeds into the coconut oil and apply the mixture directly on the areas affected with skin infection.