So, what is this magic antibiotic plant?
This is basil.
Indeed, basil is among the most powerful natural antibiotics. And the coolest thing in all of this? It is super easy to grow all year round.
In winter, it can be grown indoors but preferably under a lamp. He likes to be outside in full sun.
So, why is this aromatic plant the ultimate antibiotic?
Well, he has a lot of things for him. Basil contains many vitamins A and K, as well as many antioxidants. It is also rich in potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. It’s a superfood! All this forms an incredible antibiotic.
Let’s do a little pesto!
You will need:
- * 2 cups of basil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup parmesan
- 3 cloves of roasted garlic
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of fresh organic lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Mix basil, cheese, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor. Pour the oil slowly while mixing. Just a little at a time. Scrape the pesto on the sides, then add salt, pepper and lemon juice.
1. Pesto should be kept in a glass jar, not a plastic container. It stays fresh longer. Once frozen, the pesto will keep for 2-3 months.
- 1. You can add rocket and spinach for extra nutrients.
- 2. If you are allergic to pine nuts, you can substitute with just about any type of nuts, as well as seeds. Sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds are excellent.
Active principles and properties
Used as seasonings, they can not provide all the health benefits attributed to them. The addition of herbs to foods, in a regular and significant way, makes it possible to contribute, if only minimally, to the intake of antioxidants from the diet. On the other hand, herbal consumption alone can not meet the antioxidant needs of the body.
Most of the herbal studies have been done in animals from plant extracts. In humans, it is difficult to evaluate the health effects of herbal consumption since the quantities consumed are generally low. (source)
Antioxidants . Antioxidants are compounds that reduce the damage caused by free radicals, molecules that would be involved in the onset of cardiovascular disease , some cancers and diseases related to aging . Some researchers have evaluated the antioxidant capacity of herbs. Unanimously, they claim that fresh herbs have a significant antioxidant capacity, sometimes even higher than certain fruits and vegetables1-3. This shows that, indeed, the regular addition of herbs in the diet contributes to the intake of antioxidants.
The main antioxidant found in basil leaves is rosmarinic acid4. The latter would act synergistically with vitamin E, which means that the combined antioxidant action of these two compounds would be greater than the addition of their individual antioxidant action. Other phenolic acids and flavonoids 4 which possess antioxidant properties are also found in basil. (source)
A recent scientific study with basil essential oil demonstrated a synergistic effect of basil in combination with a commonly used antibiotic (Ciprofloxacin) in the treatment of infection with Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa 10 bacteria. therefore the ability to increase the antibacterial activity of certain drugs which is quite promising in the treatment of certain infections. Other studies in humans and not in vitro must still confirm these comments. (source)
Cardiovascular diseases . The oxidation of cholesterol circulating in the blood (blood lipids) increases its atherogenic capacity, that is to say its ability to adhere to the wall of the arteries and reduce its elasticity and light (internal blood vessels, where the blood circulates). This increases the risk of hypertension and blockage of the arteries by possible clots. Researchers have observed a decrease in lipid oxidation, in vitro and in animals, with basil extract. The antioxidant effect of basil extract was obtained at very low concentrations. The researchers also observed increased protection of liver cells and the aorta against oxidationin vivo6. Another animal study has demonstrated the cardioprotective potential of a basil extract for myocardial infarction (death of part of the heart caused by stopping blood supply) 7. Controlled studies will have to be done in humans before we can say that the consumption of basil plays a preventive role against the appearance of cardiovascular diseases. (source)
Diabetes . A study in rats has demonstrated the hypoglycemic potential of a basil extract8. The researchers found that among the plant extracts tested, basil resulted in the greatest drop in blood sugar levels. Note however that it is with the drug used in comparison that the effect was the most marked since the latter has the property of causing hypoglycemia by stimulating the production of insulin. A review of the literature conducted in 2004 concludes that basil is one of a few medicinal herbs that have a potential impact on the control of type 29 diabetes. However, the authors also claimed that there was no no sufficient evidence to be able to recommend the tested plant extracts (including basil) in the control of this type of diabetes. (source)
-Basilic (Ocymum basil):
Also called cobbler orange, royal grass, large basil, basil with sauces, the plant is harvested before flowering. Dry it in bunches hanging in airy places and take it in case of difficult digestion, wounds and wounds, fever, bronchitis, asthma. It is an adrenocortical stimulant that cleanses the kidneys and intestines. The poisoners and wizards of ancient times had only to stoop to gather, in the neighboring fields, the plants which allowed them to create their formidable formulas. Their grimoires and manuscripts were a constant source of inspiration for those who, on the contrary, wanted to heal their neighbor.
To consume with moderation for a short time. Totally proscribed during pregnancy or breastfeeding, in infants and young children, because of the high content of estragole.
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