Every Indian household has a Tulsi plant in the backyard. The immunity boosting capabilities of this plant, among many other health benefits, is common knowledge. These properties are not only confined to the herbs but extend to the seeds as well.
Basil seeds, commonly known as sabja seeds, help in weight loss, reduce body heat, relieve constipation, aid healthy hair or skin and many more.
Suppresses the appetite
Basil seeds are very high on fibre content and when mixed with a liquid, they expand to form a jelly-like substance. This expansion and the fibre content make your stomach feel full, hence suppresses the appetite.
Controls sugar levels
Diabetes being the most common issue, basil can help you keep your sugar levels in check. Their ability to slow down the metabolism helps in controlling the production of glucose in the body. Including basil seeds in your everyday diet is a great way to control your sugar levels.
Strong and long hair
Basil seeds are rich in protein, vitamin K and iron which are essential for long and strong hair. They also help in hair growth and add volume. Applying coconut oil with basil seeds helps reduce the dandruff and itching. Heat coconut oil with basil seeds and apply to the scalp. Leave it overnight and rinse.
The seeds can be used for wounds, cuts and skin infections. Crushed basil seeds mixed with oil can be applied to the infected area. Basil seeds are very effective in treating vaginal infections as well.
Basil seeds are wonderful detox agents. Having seeds soaked in a glass of milk will help cleanse your stomach and to regulate the bowel movement. They are also very good aids in digestion.
Who shouldn’t eat
Pregnant women, children and elderly people should avoid these seeds. Children and elderly people can choke on these, if not mixed well. Sabja seeds reduce the levels of oestrogen which is not ideal for pregnant women.