When you're trying to cook healthier recipes, one of the best ways to enhance the flavors and nutrition of the dishes you're making is with fresh herbs. Basil is one of our favorites! Not only is it great to cook with but has numerous health and skin benefits.
Fresh basil is a great herb for the skin because it's loaded with essential nutrients including vitamins A, C and K, as well as manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fats.
Fresh basil can also help with acne! Here's a recipe you can make at home to treat acne.
Take 20-30 basil leaves-grind in a bowl, use a wooden spoon (or sub with a mortar and pestle) and crush the fresh basil leaves so that the natural oils are released.
Add 2 cups of boiling water to the bowl. Allow to steep for around 10-15 minutes, then strain to remove any excess leaves. Store the basil water in a glass container and use morning and evening with a cotton pad, applied to the face, after washing. No need to rinse off, follow with a serum or moisturizer.
Learn how to make at least four basil plants from one living basil container purchased at the grocery store. Watch our video!