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Basil Seed Drink Recipies and Its Cooling Effect

I have received a large amount of interest in basil seed drinks and how to eat/drink this delicious power/super food. For those who have read the article, 5 Amazing Benefits of Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds) http://truthnhealth.com/2011/10/5-amazing-benefits-of-basil-seeds/, you already know that basil seeds improve digestion, boosts immune system, combats stress, aids in curing respiratory disorders and is great for skin disorders. But did you know that this seed, when consumed, has a cooling effect on the body? Yesterday’s article post on seasonal spring foods and how they cool the body in warming temperatures touches on fruits and vegetables that do just that. The cooling and heating of our bodies according to the changing environment helps us detox and cleanse our body organs so we are lighter, more resilient and stronger than last season. By incorporating the fruits and vegetables available in the springtime (locally and organically), and adding basil seeds to them, you will build yourself an impenetrable defense system against foreign invaders! The  following are recipe suggestions on how to drink and eat basil seeds:

Add spring time apricots, avocados (blend into soups), juiced carrots, blended mangoes, blended peas, crushed or blended pineapples, juiced dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, leeks, watercress).

Mix prepared basil seeds with liquid of your choice (green juice, raw coconut water (my favorite is Harmless Harvest), pineapple juice, organic matcha green tea, almond/coconut/flax/hemp milk) with raw honey, raw agave, maple syrup, lemons, ginger, and your favorite tropical fruit bits: (lychee, mango, mangosteen). Drink and chew and enjoy! Pacify the heat and fire within your body constitution and boost the functions of your internal organs at the same time.

You can also mix prepared basil seeds in creamy drinks as well (smoothies, yogurts, onto of oats or hot/cold morning porridge and cereal). Be creative, for there really is no wrong way to eat basil seeds.

How to prepare basil seeds:

Put 2 tsp. of basil seeds to 1/2 cup – 1 cup of warm water or liquid of your choice. If you want more concentrated of a flavor, drain excess water out after swelling the basil seeds with plain water. The warm water (not boiling) helps to fully swell the basil seeds, releasing antioxidants and digestive enzymes. Allow the mixture to stand for at least 2 minutes with the warm water/liquid to give the seeds time to absorb water and take on a gelatinous-tapioca like texture.


One canned basil seed drink sold in the United States contains 96 calories, 21 g carbohydrates, 21 g sugars and 2 g of fiber. Because of the swollen seeds and their fiber, the drink may curb hunger.

And for those of you who have asked about the differences between chia and basil seeds:

There are a few differences between basil (sabja seeds) and chia seeds, though the seeds do look similar in size. Basil (sabja) seeds are very dark black in color and chia seeds have a greyish look. When they are both soaked in water for 5 minutes, only the basil seeds begin to fully plump and swell up. Chia seeds will do so, but it takes many hours and still do not have the fun, tapioca texture when chewed, as basil seeds do. They taste very similar (bland), unless flavored in a liquid mixture or with sweetener added to it. As far as the nutrition make up of both seeds, basil seeds yields a little more carbohydrates than chia, a little less fat than chia, and a little less protein than chia.


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    • dilip says:

      how much basil seed can be consumed one time and how to eat or drink basil seeds

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      I suggest no more than double the servings (4 tablespoons) per sitting for an adult. Too much of anything is not as good in reality. Everyone is different, however. If you are healthy, do not suffer from chronic illness or gastrointestinal issues and are used to consuming the seeds and other omega rich seeds on a daily basis, your tolerance and system will digest them and utilize the nutrients more efficiently than someone who has all of the above ailments. Play around with them and start slow. Practice bio-feed back and listen to your body.

  2. Atul says:

    Thank you Dr Nancy for this wonderful article!

    Currently I am taking sabja for its cooling effect on body. I soak it in glass of water (not warm) for overnight and take it first thing in morning.

    Please let me know if this looks correct or we should have it in warm water only. Also please suggest the change in time if required 🙂

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Where do your basil seeds come from? Ones that are imported from China/Taiwan (unless stated otherwise) are typically almost always heated to kill off any possible contaminants. This unfortunately does hurt the antioxidant levels in the seeds, so soaking them for a day before you eat them will do minimal to changing the level of positive effects in the body. I still believe in consuming the seeds soon after steeping them and after they have “swelled.” There is more active prana (life energy) and you consume it right away, instead of having them stagnant for hours at a time.

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      The best, of course, is to grow your own organic basil, harvest your own seeds and steep them yourself. That will yield the greatest benefits!

    • sabja says:

      what wonderful, if you have to eat something raw then eat raw tuna, that will be good. eating seeds won’t help anybody. if you want to cool your body, just take a bath as most of the indians do not take bath and then look for basil seeds to cool them off, not good, please take bath

  3. sabja says:

    Dr Nancy
    what kind of doctor are you, instead of providing some good advise about medicines, you are throwing everybody in stone age and asking to eat seeds. no no no, seeds do not help anybody, seeds are for raising plants not for eating.
    thank you

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Sabja, You have spent a lot of time on TruthNhealth, and I am glad it is providing you with a source of enrichment. I am a doctor of holistic nutrition. If you do not like my articles and suggestions, feel free to not read them. If you decide to comment on articles (of which you are doing prolifically), please be kind to other readers and do not use offensive language. The purpose of this website is not to stir anger or slander others. It is a place to find alternative information from conventional messages about how we live our lives. If you do have a problem with any part of this site or with me, please feel free to e-mail comments to dr.Nancy@truthNhealth.com.

      Thank you!
      Dr. Nancy

  4. Hello wonderful article really
    i used to eat basil seeds on regular basis and i got cancer. But cancer was not because of eating basil seeds, it was because of inhaling the seeds. so please do not inhale the seeds, just eat them
    @Sabja : did you inhale the seeds?

    • Sabja says:

      @John : No i did not inhale the seeds, but your point is not correct, it is not inhaling which is dangerous, it is eating which is dangerous. i think these seeds do not cause cancer but yes they can make you sick

  5. charmain says:

    Thank you for providing such a great article. The healing properties of food, such as seeds, should be common knowledge; that it is not shows only how misinformed we are. It is crazy to think that people woyld rather get sick and then simply treat the symptoms of disease with chemicals which further imbalance the body and create even more sickness, termed “side effects”, than to prevent sickness by eating food which is good for them- and being well informed about it. I can only assume that the comments deriding this kind of advice must come from individuals being paid to make derogatory commwnts on holistic sites in order to demean them; why else would anyone object to information about the value of different foods to heal the body?

    Wonderful article. Thank you for helping to educate and inform people, esoecially in this age of ignorance generated by propaganda from petro-chemical pharmaceuticals.

  6. Ajay Mehra says:

    Thanks to Dr Nancy for providing us such a healthy information, I want to know how and when to take basil seeds. Specially for curing constipation.

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Once in the morning and once in the afternoon with a lot of water. Drink more water than you think you need. Accompany that with steamed veggies and try to do yoga and walk (move the body in fast motion). Take magnesium and Vitamin D3

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