10 Surprising Health Benefits and Uses of Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds) for Hair, Skin and Weight Loss

What are Sabja Seeds?

Sabja Seeds’ health benefits, medicinal uses, nutritional values, and potential importance are visible to everybody regarding weight loss, skin beauty and hair loss. It is also full of nutritional value and medicinal uses. The diverse benefits of sabja seeds are lesser known to many, especially in metros and cities. However, it is pretty standard in rural areas, and gradually, its recipes are taken seriously in urban areas, too. Making sabja seed recipes is easy and can be prepared quickly. It is handy for everyone.  The mix of its origins, lemon, chilled outer and sugar prepares its most searched drinks. Many people like to prepare it at their place.

10 Surprising Health Benefits and Uses of Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds) for Hair, Skin and Weight Loss
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Ten surprising health benefits of sabja seeds

Sabja seeds are known for many potential and wonder health benefits. Basil seeds are used for delicious recipes such as falooda, milkshakes, and other nutritious health drinks. Its recipes are not restricted to one part of the world; in fact, it is worldwide famous as a healthy recipe.

  1. Basil seeds for weight loss: The most essential benefits of sabja seeds are weight loss and healthy weight loss. These seeds are fibre-rich, ensuring a full stomach and less hunger. The seeds have unique expansion properties as they expand about 40 times their original sides, reducing the feeling of hungriness.
  2. Sabja seeds for hair: The sources contain numerous nutrients such as vitamin K, iron and protein. These nutrients benefit hair health and enhance its shine and beauty. Therefore, it is recommended by Ayurveda physicians to include it in your daily food habits to prevent hair loss and baldness.
  3. Basil seeds for skin complexion: Applying basil seeds and coconut oil is highly beneficial to overcome many skin diseases such as spots, scars, wrinkles, etc. How to use: Heat the mix of coconut oil (100 ml) and crushed basil seeds (1 tsp) for a few minutes, strain it, and apply it over your skin after it cools down. It is helpful to treat skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
  1. Basil seeds for acidity: Acidity problems are faced by all age groups as we move away from the natural cure. The diet plans we have today are the root cause of many illnesses. Sabja seeds, because of their chilling and refreshing effects, play essential roles in the overall health of the stomach and the entire digestive system. How to use it?  If you want relief from the burning sensation of the stomach, it is advisable to take a mix of milk (1 cup) and basil seeds (1 tsp) every morning on an empty stomach.
  2. Sabja seeds for diabetes mellitus: In recent research, it has been found that the sources help treat type 2 diabetes as they work for the health of the pancreas, lowering blood sugar. How to use it? Take soaked basil seeds (1 tsp) and milk (1 glass). One can use vanilla for flavour.
  3. Constipation treatment: The soaked Sabja seeds act as a cleanser for the entire alimentary canal because of the abundance of fibre. Not only this, but it also helps out toxins from the stomach. Some naturopathy experts also suggested taking it before bed to cure constipation.
  4. Acts as coolant: These seeds are in great demand during summer because of their hydrant and coolant nature. This property helps one to calm down even in the scorching of sunlight. Basil seeds are also crucial in making numerous cool drinks such as Aam Panna, falooda,  sugarcane juice, rooh afza, barley water,  lemon water and Indian sherbet.
  5. Nutritional values of basil seeds: The seeds have phytochemical compounds such as Orientin and vicenin. The leaves are associated with adequate essential oils like citronellol, limonene, and terpineol. It is also rich in beta carotene, zeaxanthin, vitamins A and K, and essential minerals like potassium, calcium, folates, and magnesium.
  6. Sabja Seeds recipes: Aam Panna, falooda,  sugarcane juice, rooh afza, barley water,  lemon water and Indian sherbet, milkshake, paan gulkand, strawberry falooda, rose milk recipe, shikanji, nannari sharbat and bel sharbat.
  7. Medicinal values: As far as the medicinal aspect is concerned, it treats many problems and conditions such as digestion, constipation, skin infection, respiratory disorders and sore throats.

Common names of sabja seed

  • Ocimum basilicum
  • Falooda
  • Arabic falooda seeds
  • Sabja ginjalu
  • Thai holy basil
  • Selashi Tukmaria
  • Sabja Vethai
  • Hazbo
  • Tuk malanga
  • Basilic cultivate
  • Basilien Kraut &
  • Sweet basil seeds


  • Children and older adults shouldn’t take it, as these seeds may choke the digestive system because of their vast expansion features.
  • The pregnant mother should strictly avoid these as it lowers estrogen levels.

30 thoughts on “10 Surprising Health Benefits and Uses of Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds) for Hair, Skin and Weight Loss”

  1. I was wondering why they are used so extensively in health drinks. Thank you so much for this article!such miraculous ingredients should be made famous

  2. Sabja ( basil seeds ) are good for any age,over 5 years.Aailable all over spices stores,seed stores,herbs stores in pakistan, and India, widly.

  3. They are tiny black seeds. When soaked in water they grow into cloudy n spongy texture. It really has no taste, it’s the texture and it can be swallowed. So if u put it any flavored milk u can just swallow it. They have a very cooling effect in the stomach so women should not take it during mensuration period as the blood flow decreases.

  4. They are also commonly known as tuqmaraya. My father In law once gave me these and asked me to put it in a lemonade, I did. It was so tasty. Now I got to know that it’s healthy also. Great.

    • If you soak Sabja Seeds in water ,within 5 to 10 minutes they become very spongy and change the colour from black to white.The same can be consumed directly or adding jaggery or honey for taste.

  5. Can we mix sabja (soaked) along with lemon n honey in warm water and take everyday in d morning on empty stomach n can we use it regularly or after certain period should we stop using it.?


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