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Basil is a highly fragrant herb most often used as a seasoning in cooking, but also it has become increasingly popular for its various health benefits. Basil leaves and flowers contain many chemical compounds that are known to prevent disease and promote health. This low-calorie herb is rich with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition, it offers essential nutrients including vitamins A, C and K, as well as manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fats. All these nutrients are very good for your overall health.

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Skin tone
Sagging skin can make you look really old. It is a problem commonly observed on the cheeks, jowls and neck. Mix dried leaves with water allows for the and apply this mixture with cotton ball before going to bed. This mixture allows for the creation of something that can make your skin tighter.


Relieves Cough
Basil is a key ingredient in cough syrups and expectorants. But instead of buying those, you can make a home remedy that works just as well. Add eight basil leaves and five cloves to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes. You can add some salt for taste. Allow it to cool and then drink it to relieve coughing. For sore throat due to a cough, gargle with water boiled with basil leaves. Various compounds in basil help mobilize mucus, so it is also an effective treatment for other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.

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Insect bites
Insect bites can cause itchy and further scars. That is why immediately putting a stop to the itchy and stinging sensation can save from scratching which oftentimes leaves bitten areas swollen and infected. Grab a fresh basil leaf, crush with your fingers and rub the juice on insect bites.


Improves Vision
Just 100 grams of fresh basil leaves provide the recommended daily dose of vitamin A. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties and is essential for healthy vision. Fresh basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness, which is commonly caused by Vitamin A deficiency. For sore eyes, put two drops of black basil juice into the affected eye daily before going to bed.

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Headaches
For people in need of a natural headache treatment, the oil derived from basil plants can also be a useful home remedy. Basil works as a muscle relaxant, so it is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.


Stomach problems
Basil is also good for your digestive system. You can extract basil juice from its leaves to treat stomach aches or cramps. Mix one teaspoon of basil juice with an equal amount of ginger juice and drink it to ease stomach pain almost instantly. You can also drink basil tea to treat other common stomach problems such as constipation, indigestion, piles and acidity.

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