Some of us Love Basil for its Great Taste & Aromatic Scent
Many of us love Basil for its great taste and its aromatic scent. Originally native to Asia, India, and Africa, Basil was held to be a noble and sacred herb. FYI the word “basil” is derived from the ancient Greek “basilikhon” which means “royal”.
There are many different varieties of Basil and it is a well-known culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae, with the Scientific name: Ocimum basilicum. Basil is native to tropical regions worldwide and it grows very well in our greenhouses. We use a special Organic hydroponic system that we have developed just for our tasty Basil as we can adjust exactly what nutrients and minerals we provide it to grow healthy and tasty!
Basil is a tender plant, cuisines worldwide incorporate it into their dishes. There are more than 60 varieties of basil, and we grow Italian Basil and Thai Basil.
The Many Health Benefits of Basil
Basil contains many minerals and vitamins, as well as several antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, and beta-kryptoxanthin. The antioxidants in Basil provide many of the health benefits. Basil’s essential oils also provide health benefits. During the drying process, many of these compounds are denigrated and the health benefits are lost. That is why Hawaiian Volcanic Organic farm works diligently to deliver our Organic Hydroponically Grown Basil fresh to your local stores and restaurants. This will allow you to have the freshest Basil and also gain the most health benefits.
1. Reduction of Oxidative Stress
Basil is full of antioxidants. Sweet basil contains a compound called eugenol, and lime and lemon basils have limonene. These antioxidants, along with others such as anthocyanins and beta-carotene, help to fight free radicals in the body that can otherwise lead to cell damage and increase your risk for a variety of health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.
2. Cancer Prevention
Tulsi, also called Holy basil, differs from the sweet basil. Its phytochemicals can help to protect against many types of cancer, including skin cancer. Liver cancer, lung cancer and oral cancer.
3. Heart disease Prevention
Basil has a compound called eugenol and it may help to lower blood pressure by blocking calcium channels. The Basil contains essential oils that can help to lower your triglycerides and cholesterol. Magnesium is also contained in Basil, and this can help to improve blood flow by allowing blood vessels and muscles to relax.
4. Blood Sugar Regulation
You can also help reduce high blood sugar levels by including Basil in your diet. Basil extract was used in a study performed on rats with diabetes, and it helped reduce blood sugar. The long-term effects of high blood sugar may also be helped by Basil.
5. Reduced Inflammation
Basil has essential oils, including linalool, eugenol, and citronellol, that can be helpful in fighting inflammation in the body. You can help to lower the risk of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. heart disease, and bowel issues with these anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Improved Mental Health
In Ayurvedic medicine, Tulsi (Basil) is a popular herb. It has many benefits, including improving your mental health and this is backed up by research. It has compounds that can help increase your ability to think clearly, to alleviate depression and anxiety. It can also lower the risk for age-related memory loss.
Spice up your Menu with some Tasty Basil Dishes.