The Many Surprising Health Benefits of Basil Tea

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You might think basil is only for your Italian food dishes, but this aromatic herb comes in a variety of species and is terrific at helping to ease many different ailments. Basil tastes just as great in tea form as it does in your spaghetti sauce. The herb used to make basil tea is sometimes called tulsi or even holy basil. This is often used among the Hindu people. They have ceremonies that revolve around basil tea each morning and evening. They believe it has significant healing compounds and can be used for a wide variety of medical issues, and they are correct.

Keep reading for some of the best health benefits you never imagined you could obtain simply from drinking basil tea.


1. Helps with Diabetes

Basil has been scientifically proven to lower blood sugar levels. The Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology conducted a study in 2004 that showed that basil significantly reduced blood sugar levels in rats after giving them 2g per kilo of body weight for 30 days. Another small study that involved 40 patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes who took 2.5 grams of dried basil leaf each day also showed large reductions in their blood sugar level. The oils in basil help to improve the function of the pancreas and allow it to make insulin in a more effective manner. Find out fruits that lower high blood sugar level.


2. Helps with Arthritis

Basil acts as a natural COX-2 inhibitor during in vitro studies. If you are looking for a natural means of joint support then consider taking basil tea or supplements regularly. Drinking basil tea daily can help relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


3. Natural Pain Killer

In 2005 the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology published a review that showed that a compound in basil called eugenol works in much the same manner as modern, over the counter pain killers by suppressing the COX-2 enzyme that causes pain and inflammation.

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