Basil herb from the supermarket

Basil is now one of the most popular culinary herbs. Less known is its healing properties. In my contribution today I would like to draw the bow on the versatile use of basil. Let’s take a look from basil tincture to basil oil.

Basil – medicinal herb
Everyone knows basil that they sprinkle over tomatoes with mozzarella. In almost every supermarket you can now buy the plant in a pot. It is one of the mint family and flowers between June and September. There are innumerable types and variants of it. You can pull it well in the apartment or in the garden and terrace. The commercially available basil types are one-year-old.

Curative effect
Among the well-known properties of basil include: digestive, coughing, nerve-calming, sleep-inducing, sweaty. In addition, it works against migraines, nausea and headache.

May inhibit breast cancer: Latest studies indicate that Indian basil inhibits the spread of breast cancer. So far, positive results could be researched in experiments.

Applications

Tea

Pour one teaspoon of herb with 250 ml of boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. This tea acts as a sweat tea for colds and fever, stomach and constitutional problems, insomnia, menstrual cramps, bloating and cramps.

Application as sneezing powder from folk medicine

Dried and crushed, basil can be used as a support for the sense of smell after a chronic cold.

You use fresh basil and put it in a glass. This you then fill with grain. Close the jar and leave in a dry place for 8 days to 6 weeks. The longer you let the tincture go, the more intense it becomes. From the finished tincture you can then z. For example, take 1-2 teaspoons full or 20-60 drops 3 times a day. I have this tincture in my purse. It works great against migraines, headaches and if you have stomach problems.

Tomatoes and their effect on our health

Now in the summer is again tomato time. I myself have been growing my own tomatoes for years, but you can also find a variety of varieties on our markets. In addition to the diverse applications in the kitchen, tomatoes have a health-promoting effect, which should not be underestimated.

Healing power of the tomato
Tomatoes contain a variety of nutrients that our bodies need. They have a large number of antioxidants, vitamins A and C and folic acid.

1. Free radicals: The antioxidants in tomatoes reduce the expansion of free radicals. This is important in the prevention of cancer and in the protection against aging.
2. Lycopene: First and foremost, tomatoes have the largest share of lycopene. These also help in the fight against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
3. Pregnancy: We all eat too little folic acid. This can lead to malformations of the baby during pregnancy. Tomatoes contain folic acid and thus protect the baby’s health.
4. Skin: Vitamin C and antioxidants are essential for our skin. They are a big part of it. So you can sun, smoke, wrinkles u.d.g. protect.
5. Tomatoes are a natural sunscreen. The lycopene contained therein protects against skin aging, wrinkles and sunburn. In the summer months you should drink a glass of tomato juice again and again.

By the way: The more concentrated the form in which you take it, the stronger the effect.

Lycopene in mg / 100g:
Concentrated tomato paste: 40 to 60 mg
Tomato paste: 30 mg
Ketchup: 17 mg
Tomato sauce: 16 mg
Canned tomatoes: 10 mg
Tomato juice: 9 mg
Fresh tomatoes: 4-5 mg