How To Grow Your Own Basil At Home

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Whether grown outdoors or indoors, planting basil brings immense joys of having a steady supply of this wonderful herb all year round. By propagating basil at home, you need not rush through supermarkets in case you need it for your cooking, and you get to experience the pleasure of harvesting the basil anytime you want.

Basil is probably one of the easiest to grow today, provided that they get adequate nutrients they require. It is a fast growing bush that can grow as high as 18 inches in height when it matures. Widely used as a seasoning, basil has over 60 varieties now, and each of the varieties differs in appearance and taste.

This herb contains highly potent oils and flavonoids that bring unique health protecting benefits to the human body. Basil is considered as an excellent source of various health nutrients which include Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. The potassium content of this herb is scientifically proven to be effective in keeping one’s level blood pressure and heart rate at the optimum.

Known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, basil leaves are widely used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and many inflammatory bowel conditions. It contains the molecular substance eugenol, a kind of volatile oil that inhibits the activities of enzymes responsible for swelling and inflammation.

On the other hand, its antioxidant properties equipped the body with unique protection against premature aging, age-related problems, common skin issues and certain types of cancer. Basil can also be used as treatment for conditions like constipation, sinus infections, bronchitis, whooping cough, cold, flu, indigestion, stomach cramps and asthma.

The herb is also an excellent source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene concentration) that helps the body fight against free radical damage. It also inhibits the free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol. Research shows that when cholesterol is oxidized, it begins to build up along the walls of the arteries which may trigger the occurrence of atherosclerosis, and later results to stroke or heart attack.

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Furthermore, the herb’s magnesium content is scientifically proven to be effective in encouraging cardiovascular health. It actually triggers the blood vessels and muscles to relax, thereby resulting to improved blood flow and reduced risk for irregular heart rhythms and other heart conditions.

With these benefits, why don’t you try planting basil in your backyard now? Learn how to propagate basil and discover its potential benefits to your body.

Here, then, is the link to the full tutorial:

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