HERB: Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Updated: Aug 16, 2018
Basil grows naturally in south Europe, Russia, North- and South America, Asia and Africa. It is widely used in cooking for its flavor, but also as a medicinal herb because of its digestion and expectorant properties. Tea of Basil is often used in aromatherapy, to help treat nervous tension, mental fatigue, insomnia, migraines and depression.
The stimulating substances are essential oils with a high content of flavonoids, which shield much of the body's structures from cell-damaging free radicals. Free radicals can cause a lot of problems such as oxidizing cholesterol in your bloodstream, where it builds up in your arteries and raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. Asthma, certain types of arthritis, and several other ailments can also be attributed to free radicals. Basil is also an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C, as well as calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
It is considered diuretic, strengthening the immune system, as well as being a natural antimicrobial, antibiotic and digestive stimulant. Known benefits of Basil also include treatment of indigestion, air and cramps in the stomach, cough, inflammation of the urinary tract and intestinal worms. Controlled studies have furthermore shown that basil may lower blood sugar in both blood and urine, making it interesting in the context of diabetes.
Basil is on of the 19 different herbs used in the fermentation of Vita Biosa. The Basil used is certified organic from controlled suppliers, and is subsequently mixed with the rest of the 19 different herbs together with the pre- and probiotics. The bacteria consume many of the dietary fibres in the herbs and "predigests" the herbs, leaving behind a concentrated herbal extract, ready for absorption in the gut!