Basil is best known for its culinary properties, but few people know well the benefits of basil, favors slow digestion, stimulates appetite and even control the nausea of mild to moderate.
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Basil is best known for its culinary properties, but few people know well the benefits of basil. The medicinal properties of basil can be applied especially to two systems: the digestive and nervous. Basil favors slow digestion, stimulates appetite and even control the nausea of mild to moderate. In addition, consumption of basil is highly recommended after a diarrhea as it helps the intestine to regenerate and restore their balance faster. The benefits of basil on the nervous system are mainly due to its mild sedative action, which also help to fall asleep, being a plant indicated in cases of mild or moderate insomnia, and vertigo and dizziness can control provided are of nervous origin. Other medicinal properties of basil lesser known are related to the urinary excretory system. The active ingredients of basil exert anti-inflammatory action on the mucous membranes of the urinary tract, causing discomfort relief of colds and bladder and urinary tract infections, although the latter does not cure itself. Topically, basil is used as an antirheumatic and also to help the healing of wounds and sore nipples of nursing mothers. The fact is that this plant is an ally of women who are breastfeeding, as in many countries is encouraged consumption galactogenic properties. It should be noted that if consumption is excessive basil narcotic effects appear, which may have therapeutic application but must be handled with care, its use has not been approved by the European Commission for the risk from possible estragole content, only supports its use as a spell of aroma and flavor in teas, provided it is in an amount not exceeding 5%.
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