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The Many Surprising Health Benefits of Basil Tea
4. Supports Oral Health
Basil can be mixed with some coconut oil to make a paste and used as a natural toothpaste. Basil has antibacterial compounds that work well in the mouth and kill the bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. Basil kills more than 99 percent of the bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to fewer cavities and gum disease.
5. Immune Support
Basil is simply loaded with vitamins C, A, magnesium, iron, and potassium. These support your body’s natural immune system. Basil tea also contains high levels of antioxidants that kill free radicals that cause many chronic health problems, including arthritis and even cancer, according to studies by the National Cancer Institute.
6. Supports Respiratory Health
Basil is often used in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to thin mucus in the lungs and sinuses. It’s also a terrific expectorant. The oils in basil- eugenol, cineole, and camphene- are antibacterial and can cure lung infections. Basil is also believed to help stop or reverse damage caused to the lungs due to tuberculosis and smoking.
7. Helps with Kidney Stones
The acetic acid and other compounds in basil tea can help dissolve kidney stones. Basil is a natural detoxifier and has some mild diuretic powers, which will help lower the levels of uric acid in the body. It will also cleanse the kidneys through urine. Basil juice mixed with honey is a typical recipe to dissolve stones in the kidneys. Basil will strengthen the kidneys as well.
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