Why it works: In the Hindu culture, basil tea is used to prevent colds, fever, and serious illnesses including malaria. Mixed with cardamom in tea, basil can bring down fevers quickly. It is used in many Ayurvedic cough remedies to stop persistent coughs. It can also relieve a sore throat.
How it works: Drink a tea made by boiling one teaspoon basil leaves (tulsi) in water.
Precautions: The above-ground parts of basil and basil oil are possibly unsafe when taken by mouth as a medicine for long term use.
Do not take large amount of basil if you are pregnant or nursing.
Basil might slow blood clotting and lower blood pressure. Use caution if you have bleeding or blood pressure related conditions.
Stop using basil at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
The self cure remedy of Drink basil tea for the care and relief of Flu has an effectiveness score of 2.9 and a popularity score of 21 on the self-cure system.