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The Sweet Benefits of Basil

Basil does more than add flavor to food. This herb has some serious mind-body benefits.
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Blemish eraser

Clear up that breakout with basil! The herb’s oil helps combat the bacteria that causes pimples, according to a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Try this blemish-fighting fix from aesthetician Rena Revivo, chief executive officer of Spa de Soleil: Boil a handful of fresh basil leaves in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes; let the liquid cool. Dip a cotton ball into the liquid, pat it on your breakout zones, wait 10 minutes, then splash with water; repeat once or twice a day.

Note: If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, discuss basil usage with your doc.

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