Vietnamese cuisine is known for its use of fresh herbs. Basil is one of our favorite herbs to use here at Fresh Mint. It has an unmistakable scent and flavor that has given it the recognition and reputation it deserves! Known as the “royal herb,” it is heavily aromatic with a scent of anise, pepper and mint. The taste is sweet yet savory, making it a very versatile herb. Not only is its scent and flavor amazing, but it also has SO many health benefits.

Here are 3 health benefits of basil:

1. Detoxifying Abilities

One of the easiest and fastest ways to feel better is to detoxify. Many people choose to drink fruit-infused water to help with this process. Eating basil is another effective solution! And, if you’re up to it, you can even add it to your water for that spicy, aromatic flavor. One of the active ingredients in basil are terpenoids, which are known to have herbal remedial properties. One of these benefits is assisting the body with detoxification.

2. Lowers Inflammation

Millions of Americans suffer from inflammation. It is a major contributor to diseases, such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and fibromyalgia. The next time you’re dealing with any inflammation pain, consider eating some basil. It has the ability to inhibit the production of the cyclooxygenase enzyme in the body. This enzyme is tied to the production of inflammation.

3. Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Stress Benefits

It’s safe to assume that if you’re a human, you’ve experienced anxiety and stress at some point in your life. Anxiety and stress are known to cause physical ailments. If you’re looking for a natural way to feel more calm, turn to basil. It is a natural adaptogen, which is a class of healing plants that help to balance and restore the body. It has been found to help the body optimally function during times of increased stress.

Now that you’re up to speed on just a few of the health benefits of basil, we present...

Fresh Mint dishes that feature basil:


#6 - Green Papaya Salad


#10 - Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Soup
#11 - Spicy Lemongrass Noodle Soup (on the side)
#12 - (pho) Five Spice Noodle Soup (on the side)


#20 - Eggplant with Basil

Lunch menu

#1 Eggplant with basil
#8 (pho) five spice noodle soup (on the side)



Look at that. Now you know the health benefits of this royal herb and have a couple of dishes to choose from!


* Disclaimer: Please consult your physician or doctor before making any changes to your diet and health. This article is to be used for educational purposes only. *