Medicinally, from basil are used stems, seeds, flowers and leaves, to prepare infusions, decoctions, tinctures and ointments, all with remarkable health effects.
The plant is used in phytotherapy because of its antiseptic, carminative, diuretics, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and febrifuge. Basil herbal preparations are used in digestive disorders, colic, diarrhea, colitis, decreased appetite, flu, respiratory tract infection or anorexia.
These infusions help to soothe asthma, whooping cough and intestinal inflammations. In addition, they have the ability to oxygenate cells, helping the body to deal with stress more easily. Basil helps at the same time to improve cerebral circulation maintaining attention and concentration for long periods.
The infusion is obtained from a teaspoon of basil to a cup of water. Drink 3 cups a day. If you are suffering from upper respiratory infections, rhinitis, influenza, steam inhalations is recommended to prepare from a teaspoon of chopped basil in a cup of water. Inhale 2 times a day, in the morning and evening.
Add a teaspoon of basil seeds in half a liter of boiling water, leave it covered for 25 minutes. Strain and serve 2 or 3 cups a day.
Intestinal colic and flatulence
For intestinal colic, flatulence, bronchitis, gastric ulcer, urinary tract infection, anorexia, cold, prepare an infusion of 1-1.5 grams of basil powder in 100 ml of boiling water. Leave it covered for 15 minutes and drink it unsweetened tea, 3 times a day.
Boil 1 teaspoon of basil leaf into a cup of water. Leave it covered for 15 minutes then strain and begin to gargle several times a day, especially in the evening before bedtime.
Apply fresh basil leaves on the affected area and cover it with a bandage.
Ointment for healing cracks of lips and heels
You need 20 grams of powdered basil leaves, 30 grams of white wax, 30 grams of sheep fat. Mix the ingredients in a bowl then let them to melt at low heat. After you take off the heat you have to keep stirring. Let it cool then you can apply it on the affected areas.