Eugenol, a volatile oil found in basil, inhibits the enzymes that produce inflammation, the same enzymes that are targeted by NSAID pain relievers. These anti-inflammatory properties help lower your risk of conditions like arthritis. heart disease, and bowel issues. Basil leaves are full of antioxidants, natural compounds that protect your body’s cells. Antioxidants act as a shield against free radicals and the health problems they cause. Basil seeds also promote good gut health, which is important for weight loss. Soak one teaspoon of basil seeds in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Have this drink first thing in the morning.