Know your ingredients: Basil

Basil leaves come from the mint family. A few popular variants that one might have come across are cinnamon basil, lime basil, Thai basil, purple ruffles and holy basil (aka tulsi).
Basil comprises 2 components, beta-carotene and magnesium, both of which ensure good cardiac health and blood flow.
Magnesium and flavonoids present in basil leaves prove to boost and enhance cognitive functions like memory and learning.
This herb is also beneficial in reducing levels of stress hormones such as corticosterone.
The presence of various essential oils in the herb lend to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is also an age-old remedy for cough and cold.
The anti-aging properties of basil also make it an excellent and easily available ingredient to add to your skincare routine.