Basil during pregnancy

Basil during pregnancy - benefits, contraindications and risks of use

Briefly about the basil and its medicinal properties

Basil is a herbaceous plant up to 60 centimeters high. Its leaves feel rough, they are green and violet. Their length reaches 6 centimeters. The leaves of the basil have a strong aroma.

Once in Russia this plant was called the royal grass, because healers actively used its healing properties. Basil thanks to the property to cleanse the body is used for chronic diseases of the bladder, arthritis, rheumatism.

The juice of the leaves of the basil and its oil contains carotene and phytoncides, sugars and rutin, vitamins B2, C and PP.

Basil improves memory and activity of brain activity, has an immunostimulating effect. No wonder in India, the basil is after the lotus the second sacred plant. Today this plant serves as a strong tonic.

The essential oil of basil has bactericidal properties. Therefore it is used in wound healing. With it, relieve spasms of various origins, including bloating. The juice of fresh basil leaves is treated with fungal lesions of the skin, as well as nails. The water extract of the plant is used in the treatment of gastritis, food poisoning, colic.

Of dried basil leaves make tea that helps with headaches, and compresses from leaf infusions help in the treatment of eczema.

In folk medicine, alcoholic tincture of basil is used to treat pyelitis and gastritis, pertussis and neuroses. Tincture is also used in low blood pressure. With her help increase appetite. Benefits and harm of basil in pregnancy

Despite the useful properties of the plant and many ways to use it in folk medicine, for pregnant women, basil is dangerous in use. And the reason lies in the fact that this plant can lead to miscarriage of the fetus due to its tonic properties. Therefore, for women to regularly eat basil - it means provoking uterine contractions and risking the baby. It is necessary to avoid the use of basil in food in any form, according to many doctors. Others advise to use it as a seasoning for a minimum and only occasionally, if a pregnant woman often used and loved this spice before the onset of an interesting situation. Absolute contraindication to the use of basil is the propensity of the future mother to hypertension, a jump in blood pressure.

Possible use of basil in pregnancy

Despite the ban on the use of basil in food, it can be used as a means for inhalation. Pregnant women often get colds. And since the treatment with chemical drugs is extremely undesirable (especially in the first trimester), inhalation with basil oil will cope well with rhinitis and bronchitis, influenza and acute respiratory disease.

Decoction of basil will also serve as a good tool in the treatment of conjunctivitis in pregnant women, inflammatory eye diseases. To do this, take 15 grams of dried basil, pour boiling water in the amount of one glass and simmer on a water bath for 25-30 minutes. Then, after a 30-minute infusion, the remedy should be filtered and washed with eyes.

In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of basil to future mothers can be used to treat gums and strengthen the teeth, removing inflammatory processes in the mouth. To this end, a tablespoon of basil juice is bred in 100 grams of warm boiled water and rinse your mouth. Do this 2-3 times a day.

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