Basil seeds, often known as Sabja seeds in its native place, India, are highly beneficial for health, hair and skin, even though its benefits are not very widely known.
They have a large protein content and contain almost all the necessary vitamins, minerals, fibers, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. It also has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and adequate level of Omega-3 fatty acids too.
Here, we will discuss all the health benefits of basil seeds, but one thing must be remembered. Eating basil seeds raw is not at all advisable.
You must soak them in water and use it as an add-on to the juices, desserts, salad, food, and drinks. They do not have any distinctive taste of theirs and can give a good munchy taste to the food.
The most important health benefits of basil seeds are as follows:
1. Weight loss
Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA present in basil seeds increases the rate of metabolism and therefore prevents fat accumulation in the body. Also, it contains 1% fiber which when consumed, keeps your stomach full for a long time and there is very less urge of eating. This can bring your food timings on track. You can have it sprinkled on salad before having a meal to keep your food intake to only as much as required.
Acidity is mostly caused due to irregular food habits. A teaspoon of basil seeds can be added to a glass of milk and consumed after or before the meal. This will cool down the stomach and reduce all the heating problems which may lead to acidity. It has some anti-inflammatory agents which contribute towards this cause, efficiently.
3. Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a testing disease which will drain you of all your patience and control. But if you have excelled in understanding what suits your body and what not, you can fight the battle with diabetes. Basil seeds is helpful for the patients of diabetes as well. You can soak in a teaspoon of basil seeds in water overnight and add the soaked seeds to toned milk in the morning. This is a good source of energy which keeps your body active throughout the day and since there is no sugar, it regulates the spikes too.
Alongside improved metabolism, basil seeds also contribute in cleaning the inner tracts of your digestive system so that bowel movement is smooth. Consumption of basil seeds with milk or water is guaranteed to clear out all the toxic waste materials from the stomach and help in getting rid of constipation.
5. Oral health
Pre-soaked basil seeds are very easy to chew for almost all the age groups and have various agents for fighting bacteria, viruses, fungi and microbes. They are also very active cure for cavities, ulcers, plaque and help in removing bad breath as well. In simple words, one small serving of pre-soaked basil seeds can give you protection from all dental problems and give the needed oral care.
6. Vaginal infections
The ladies out here can ask their gynaecologists to tell them some home cures for vaginal infections, gonorrhoea and bladder infections with the help of basil seeds.
You can also have your own homemade anti-ageing cream by using basil seeds. Simply powder the basil seeds and add honey, coconut oil, fullers earth and milk to it. Put this mixture on your face and once it is dry, rinse it off with cold water. Natural experts suggest the application of this mixture twice a week for the best results. This will make your skin look younger and control the ageing signs after you have turned 30.
8. Insect and mosquito bites
The constant urge to itch makes mosquito and insect bites very dangerously swollen. You can try applying a solution of powdered basil to the infected area and see the immediate result. The swelling will settle down, leaving a cool trail so that the itching stops, subsequently.
9. Lightening the skin tone
With abundance of natural oils and antioxidants, urusolic acid in the basil seeds can remove the excess oil from skin, tone your skin by shrinking the pores and act as an exfoliating agent which can remove dirt from the deepest layers of the skin, effectively. Basil seeds can also help in the reduction of complexion lines on the face. All of this, makes the skin toned and brightened, alongside bringing a healthy glow to it. Chronic skin diseases like eczema can also be cured by basil seeds. Urusolic acid being antiseptic in nature, heals all the infections and redness of the skin, treating pimples, acne, rashes, itching and cracks in the skin.
10. Hair fall
The crushed powder of basil seeds when mixed with amla in equal quantity and kept soaked in water overnight, can create wonders for the hair. Simply add small amount of coconut oil to the paste prepared and apply the solution to the roots of your hair. Leave it for a while so that the nutritious oil seeps deep into your scalp. Continuous use of it will be reflected upon your improved hair quality and reduced hair fall. New hair follicles will start emerging and premature greying of hair will also come under control with regular usage of basil seeds.
The oil from basil seeds can be mixed with coconut oil and massaged thoroughly on the scalp when warm. Leaving it overnight and washing with mild shampoo can improve the blood circulation and cleanse the roots and scalp to get complete protection from dandruff and excessive accumulation of dead skin cells on the scalp.
Along with vitamin E and C, basil seeds also contain riboflavin and niacin which boosts the bone strength of the body. It is also rich in iron which increases the hemoglobin level and turns out to be an anti-anemia agent.
With all these miraculous health benefits, you must give sabja or basil seeds a try.