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5 Reasons Why You Should Grow Basil at Home

This wonder herb can serve different purposes that will surely come in handy

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Basil can be considered as an important must-have in any home. You can use it as a cooking ingredient or as instant fragrance for your living area.

If you're considering having a mini herb garden at home, here are five reasons why basil should be one of the first herbs that you need to plant. 

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It can grow indoors or outdoors

One of the best things about basil is you can grow it in any part of your home, whether indoors or outdoors. Make sure you put it in a stylish planter with a glossy finish so it can also serve as decor.

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It helps keep pests away

Keep your home safe from pests by adding basil to your kitchen or pantry! Basil contains oils that repel mosquitoes, too. With its fragrant smell, this herb can also be used as natural deodorizer. 

It has edible leaves

Add flavor to your dish by adding a couple of basil leaves in your list of must-have ingredients. Your tomato pasta wouldn't be the same without this little wonder.

It helps you achieve a clear, healthy skin

Skip the commercial anti-bacterial facial wash! Create a natural face toner or wash, by using basil oil to clear your pimples or blackheads. Just boil a handful of leaves for 10 minutes, pour a few drops of the solution into a cotton ball, and dab it carefully to your breakout zones! Get the complete step-by-step guide here.

It has natural anti-inflammatory properties

Basil is filled with Eugenol which can help block the harmful enzyme cyclooxygenase in your body. Over-the-counter medicines such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen block the same enzyme to reduce swelling or pain in the body. 

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