Basil seeds have much more for us to give than we know. It has a lot of good energy and health benefits that need to be used to improve our digestion. Seeds have been used as a home remedy for years. They are commonly used in desserts, drinks and are also recommended as part of Ayurveda for the treatment of high blood pressure and in use of ancient Chinese medicine as well. 

Basil seeds on the plate

The basil seeds that are used for eating are the seeds from the sweet basil plant, also called Thai basil seeds (Ocimum basilicum).

•    Basil seeds are an excellent source of iron at 40 percent RDA per 100 grams. The macronutrients are in good balance so these seeds can help us with the weight loss and also boosting immunity. Rafly basil seeds contain 42% carbohydrates, 25% of fat and 20% of protein. These are Low in calories and free of cholesterol.

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1. Anti-inflammatory 

Anti-inflammatory properties in basil seeds can help in dealing with swelling, edema and other conditions which are associated with inflammation. Traditionally, basil seeds are used to treat colds, flu, coughs, and asthma. You can also use them for bringing down fever. 

Basil seed oil has omega 3 fatty acids which are good for cardiovascular health and plays a role of reducing inflammation in the body.

2. Immunity

Basil seeds are rich in antioxidants which offer protection from the damage caused by free radicals in the body. This damage can cause aging and cellular damage.

3. Digestive health

Basil seeds and chia seeds are similar and become gelatinous when soaked in water. The fiber content in basil seeds contributes to improving digestion and soothing the digestive tract. Basil seeds can help deal with constipation, dysentery, and diarrhea.

4. Cardiovascular health 

High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure are two conditions which can have a negative impact on heart health. Basil seeds can help in reducing high lipid levels and exert a cardioprotective effect on the body. 

5. Reducing stress 

Basil seeds have a soothing and calming effect on the mind. They can help in reducing stress and tension. 

Consumption of basil seeds is said to have an uplifting effect on your mood and can help with mental fatigue, depression and migraine headaches.

6. Weight loss

Basil seeds are low in calories and can reduce appetite, thus helping those on a weight loss regime. 

The high fiber content in basil seed makes you feel full for longer. They can curb your appetite if you consume them in a gelatinous drink before a meal. 

7. Oral health and skin treatment

 Basil seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which can help in treating mouth ulcers. They make for a great mouth freshener and can help treat bad breath and cavities.

Basil seeds can be crushed into the oil as a skin treatment for wounds, cuts or skin infections.

HOW TO PREPARE AND USE BASIL SEEDS

Just because they aren’t as “trendy” yet, doesn’t mean they aren’t fabulous. You can use those in any of your favorite recipes that use chia seeds.

For example, chia puddings are a popular dish that can be easily made with basil seeds instead.

I like basil seeds more because of soak up with water much faster than chia seeds.

Basil will soften within about 5 minutes.

These are a few different ways you can start eating basil seeds:

•    Add them to drinks, such as fruit juices, coconut milk or teas.

•    Blend them into smoothies.

•    Sprinkle on top of salads.

•    Mix into vegan cheeses or cream sauces.

•    Use them in desserts or combine with yogurt and fruit.

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