8 Reasons to Grow Basil

Harvest Basil 5 times © Delores Randall 397x530 8 Reasons to Grow Basil

Harvest Basil 5 times © Delores Randall

When I made an decision to replace my tropical plants in our home with plants that my family could consume. I had no ideal what joy and pleasure I would have in the transition. I have been growing tropical green foliage indoors for the last 25 plus years in every dwelling I’ve lived in during my life journey. I have always loved having an green plant living amongst my family. I find pleasure and joy in watching beneficial living things grow around me. There are 8 reasons to grow Basil and most herbs in your kitchen and garden.:

  • Basil is easy to grow indoor in an flower pot of any size and outdoors in the garden.
  • Basil is the plant that keeps on giving as long as the leaves are plucked as they grow.
  • Basil smells wonderful indoors and outdoors. The fragrance is memorable.
  • Basil adds flavor an delightful natural flavor to any dish. Basil is used fresh or dry leaves as a seasoning in composed dishes, the primary ingredient in pesto, or to infuse vinegars or oils.
  • Basil can be eaten in replaced of lettuce. Florets can be added to salads or used as a garnish. Medicinal used to soothe stomach upsets and ease digestion, can reduce fevers.
  • Aromatherapy used for stimulating qualities.
  • It is an insect repellent. Bees love Basil and can be used in floral mixed arrangements.
  • Save money by growing your own Basil in your own kitchen and garden.

Health benefits of Basil herb

  • Basil leaves contain plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
  • Basil herb contains many polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin. These compounds were tested in vitro laboratory studies for possible anti-oxidant protection against radiation-induced lipid per-oxidation in mouse liver.
  • Basil leaves contains many health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • The herbs parts are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol, but are very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
  • Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein andzea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.
  • Zeaxanthin, a yellow flavonoid carotenoid compound, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it found to filter harmful UV rays from reaching retina. Herbs, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in this compound help to protect from age related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the elderly.
  • Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A has been found to help body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Vitamin K in basil is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood and plays vital role in the bone strengthening function by helping mineralization process in the bones.
  • Basil herb contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Basil leaves are an excellent source of iron, contains 3.17 mg/100 g of fresh leaves (about 26% of RDA). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
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