Health Benefits of Basil
Antiseptic and other properties of the Herb

Basil has been used for illnesses of the urinary organs and intestine inflammations. Basil has also been also considered to be helpful in treating other internal problems like stomach cramps, vomiting, flatulence and blockage. Migraine is thought to be eased by this herb also.

The antiseptic properies of basil make it a good acne treatment. To create an infusion of basil for treating acne, boil 250ml of water and add three dried basil leaves. Keep the leaves immersed in the water for 20 minutes to allow the basil to permeate into the water. Then remove the leaves and allow the infusion to cool before use. The infusion can then be applied with cotton wool pads to the skin to treat the acne. To ensure against allergic reaction, it's best to apply the infusion to a small area of skin first. As long as no negative reaction occurs, you can then apply a cooled infusion twice a day to treat the acne.

Tonic wine made from basil leaves is said to be an aphrodisiac as it stimulates the adrenal cortex. Other sources state that basil can have a sedative effect and ease the nerves.

Brewed seeds were used in former times to help in cases of gonorrhea..The fragrance of Basil was considered to have healing powers, and arnoud the year 1800 at times of plage, poor persons were recommended to carry a smelling cushion around with them. As well as basil, this smelling cushion contained many other herbs including mint, sage, rosemary and thyme, plus lavender, laurel leave, orange and quince.

Sweet Basil Plant and the Herb's Origins
Growing Basil
History of Basil
Cooking Basil and Culinary Uses
Different Species of Basil

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