- Interestingly, basil is a mild anti-bacterial.
Studies published in the February 2004 issue of Food Microbiology, have shown that washing produce in solution containing either basil or thyme essential oil at the very low concentration of just 1% resulted in dropping the number of Shigella, an infectious bacteria that triggers diarrhea and may cause significant intestinal damage, below the point at which it could be detected. -the world’s healthiest foods
- Basil is an anti-inflammatory with qualities similar to the effects of over the counter drugs like ibuprofen. Noted to help with rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
- Rich in vitamin A, basil helps protect the lining of your blood vessels from free radicals.
- High in magnesium, basil helps muscles and blood vessels to relax, allowing better blood flow.