Look Like Chia Seeds? These Are Actually Basil Seeds

Look Like Chia Seeds? These Are Actually Basil Seeds


18 September 2016


You’ve probably heard of chia seeds with all the attention they have gotten in the last few years since the super food revolution. No doubt these seeds are a nutrient dense power house, but these little black seeds aren’t the only one.

If you’re living in Asia, chances are you’ve come across similar looking black seeds floating in pink sugary drinks, but never thought to think what they are. These seeds are basil seeds, known as ‘selasih’ in Malaysia.

So which is better? We’ve all heard of how beneficial chia seeds are to our health but what about the basil seed? Is it just there to make our drinks look interesting, or do they offer something more?

Here are some of the benefits that the basil seed has to offer:



Basil seeds are full of fibre and therefore have the ability to keep you feeling full for longer. If you feel that you are eating but still feel hungry, try adding these to your water.


Indigestion can be uncomfortable and this little seed can relieve that discomfort. Basil seeds help to soothe the stomach and help with digestive issues such as cramps, constipation, flatulence and irregular bowel movement. 

Healthy Skin

Crushed basil seeds can be used to soothe conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Mix the crushed basil seeds with some coconut oil and heat the mixture on low heat. Strain it and allow to cool before applying to the affected area.

Healthy Hair

The amount of protein, vitamin K and iron in the basil seed helps to promote hair growth and add volume. 

Lower Body Heat

Basil seeds act as a coolant and can help to cool one’s body down. Just mix it in a drink such as lemon water and let it take effect.

Lower Blood Sugar

Basil seeds have shown to lower blood sugar levels. So people with type 2 diabetes may benefit from adding basil seeds to their diet.

Stress Reliever

Consuming these seeds can have an uplifting effect on your mood and help to relieve headaches, migraine, depression and calm your nerves.




Basil seeds contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fat, and also concentrated nutrients and fibre. Like many other seeds, adding it to your diet could benefit you greatly.

Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate this seed into your diet:

  • Add it to your drink – Skip the high sugary drinks and add this to water, fresh fruit juice, iced teas, smoothies or milk.
  • Add it to your salads – Sprinkle these seeds over your salads giving your salad not only extra crunch but an extra nutritious punch.
  • Use it in your desserts – Just google basil seed desserts and you’ll be wanting to have a go and making some of these desserts. You can also substitute basil seeds for your chia seed recipes. Here’s one of our basil seed recipe for you to try – Coconut Lime Basil Seed Pudding.
So while chia seeds may be all the rage, don’t underestimate this lesser known power-packed nutritious seed!



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