Basil leaves help in reducing pain and swelling caused by arthritis. It may be an effective remedy for backache resulting from the disease. Researchers claim that on ingesting, the concentrated extracts from two strands of basil- Ocimum americanum and Ocimum tenuiflorum.
– It significantly decreases joint by more than half within 24 hours. Lower back pain in arthritis patients can often be caused by inflammation of the sacroiliac joint that connects the spinal base to the pelvis. Therefore, it is highly recommended that those with arthritis, and lower back pain, must consume basil to reduce the inflammation of their SI joint.
What’s more is that there have been no reports of basil causing painful burning sensations in the abdomen, or irritability in the gastrointestinal region. These side effects are often experienced by arthritis sufferers who take pain-relieving medication daily. After assessing the basil plant, researchers have reported that eugenol, the oil that gives the herb its distinctive aroma, is responsible for its’ anti-inflammatory properties. The Asian varieties of the herb contain larger amount of eugenol, and will thus provide a stronger and anti-inflammatory effect.
One way for in-taking basil is by preparing basil tea. Start off by boiling 8 to 10 basil leaves in 1 cup of water until the water evaporates to half. Strain the water and leave it to cool down. Drinking this once or twice, daily, may alleviate the back pain. Fresh basil may also be incorporated into your diet, by adding to curries, pasta, and salads. Basil oil is another great way to reap the healing benefits of the plant. In case of neuritis, it is highly recommended that the oil should be massaged into the lower back and spinal area.