Basil is the botanical herb, 'ocimum basilicum,' and has likely accompanied many soups or sandwiches you've had and is also the primary ingredient in Italian pesto sauce. Just a few tablespoons of basil provides a healthy dose of Vitamin K. Vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium are also present. Concentrated basil, in the form of basil essential oil has been shown in one study to be antibacterial(3).
Cayenne pepper or 'capsicum annuum' has been shown to be very effective in reducing pain when applied to the skin in the form of capsaicin creams. Cayenne pepper is suggested by a few studies to be helpful for appetite suppression, reduction of heartburn, and circulatory improvements(4).
- Watermelon slices (with rind)
- A few leaves of fresh basil (add more if you would like a stronger basil taste)
- A dash of cayenne pepper dried spice (added to the juice)
- Wash and slice watermelon and basil.
- Set aside your drinking glass and put a dash of cayenne pepper (or to taste) at the bottom of the glass.
- Juice the watermelon and basil.
- Pour over ice.