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Basil - Basil is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with amazing healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and IBS symptoms, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning.

Basil is also an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Free radical damage is the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health conditions, as well as aging. Because of its dark green color, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium, which is good for the bones. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, vitamin C and potassium.  Use both fresh basil and dried basil generously in your foods to maximize it's healing benefits.

Soaking the Seeds

To soak basil seeds, add 8 ounces (237 ml or 1 cup) of water per 1 tablespoon (13 grams or 0.5 ounces) of basil seeds.

Use more water if desired, as the seeds only absorb as much as needed. Using too little water may cause the seeds to clump as they hydrate.

Let the seeds soak for about 15 minutes. As the seeds swell, they approximately triple in size. Additionally, the gel-like outer portion turns gray.

The center of a soaked basil seed remains black. This part has a light crunch when you chew it is similar to tapioca.

Good Source of Minerals

Calcium and magnesium  are essential for your bone health and muscle function, while iron is vital for red blood cell production Many people don’t get enough calcium and magnesium through their diet. Eating basil seeds could help you reach your daily needs of these nutrients.Additionally, basil seeds could be an important source of iron and calcium for people who don’t eat meat or dairy products The antispasmodic properties of basil seeds can cure dry cough and relax the strained muscles. Basil seeds can naturally detoxify, the body and ease out bowel movements. These basil seeds work as a natural laxative. Drinking basil seeds with warm water or milk can relief digestion issues, constipation and bloating.

Basil seeds have an antispasmodic property, which means that they soothe tension in the spasmatic muscles and relax them. This way they help in controlling whooping cough. They strengthen the immunity of the body.