Who doesn't love the smell of fresh basil?! I've been using it a lot in recipes lately. Some of my favorites include Tomato Basil Bisque and Basil Lemonade. It actually belongs to the mint family and is used as a seasoning herb for cooking (especially pesto!), but did you know that it's also packed with essential nutrients, making you healthier than ever? It contains vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium that boost your immune system, prevent damage from free radicals, regulate blood sugar levels, as well as protect you from cardiovascular diseases. Its unique scent is also used in aromatherapy to ease stress and depression.
Other health benefits of basil include:
- Improves eyesight
- Used as a home remedy for cough, headache and common cold
- Soothes the stomach for better digestion
- Relieves ear infection
- Heals insect bites and stings