Do not consume basil seeds during pregnancy. This is advised against by many gynaecologists and doctors as they can have uterine contractions, which can further result in miscarriage. Further, the seeds can also increase the flow of blood and hence stimulate menstruation.
In case you are taking anticoagulant drugs, basil should be avoided as they have blood-thinning agents.
Eugenol is present in basil, and this can trigger heart rates, mouth burns, and giddiness and also can lead to culminate coma. Hence take doctors’ advice always before having this regularly.
Do not have basil leaves, at least two weeks before a Caesarian delivery or surgery.
Excess of intake may bring down blood sugar, which is not good. The low blood sugar levels in case detected in pregnant women should avoid having this basil herb for health of both mother and fetus.
Basil, in general, is safe to be taken during pregnancy in moderate amounts. You can use it as a mild seasoning to flavour your food. However, it makes sure to wash basil properly before consumption.
Precautions To Take While Consuming Tulsi During Pregnancy:
If you would like to avail the various health benefits of the holy basil during the pregnancy period and make it a part of your diet, then you will be needed to undertake the following precautions to ensure safety for both you and your baby.
Do not consume it in excess. The Herbalists suggest the consumption of only 115 ml of decoction of the herb three times a day.
Wash the herbs thoroughly before use to wash out the bacteria, parasites, which may lead to food-borne infections like toxoplasmosis and listeriosis.
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers:
Q1. Can Pregnant Women Eat Basil Leave Directly in Salads?
Ans: Basil pregnancy has a lot of benefits that make it an excellent herbal supplement for pregnant women. Although an overdose of it can irritate the uterus, so it is advised for a pregnant woman, not to have more than two basil leaves in a day. Basil being rich in vitamin K, plays a vital role in making sure that your health remains good and your baby is safe inside your womb during the pregnancy period. You can certainly eat basil leaves during pregnancy directly; however, make sure you wash them properly before eating them. The germs present might have adverse effects on your body.
Q3. Is It Safe To Use Basil Oil During Pregnancy?
Ans: It is not safe to use basil oil during pregnancy. It is so because it is thought that basil oil contributes to abnormal cell development, which makes it hazardous for the fetus. Eugenol, which is the oil present in the basil leaves, tends to have dangerous effects on the health of the developing fetus. The oil in the herb can lead to an increase in your heartbeats and causes throat and mouth burn, shallow breathing, seizures, dizziness, blood in the urine, and come in some extreme cases. Hence you should avoid the consumption of basil oil during the pregnancy period.
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