7 Top Health Benefits & Uses Of Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds | Tukmaria) For Hair, Skin & Weight Loss

sabja seeds health benefits

Basil seeds popularly called Sabja Seeds, Tukmaria, Sabja Ginjalu, Kamakasturi and Sabja Vithai in India have amazing health benefits, medicinal uses and nutritional value. It has wide medicinal uses from aiding weight loss, hair growth and reducing body heat to treating acne and piles. Sabja seeds closely resemble chia seeds and are a wonderful store house of nutrients and minerals.

What Are Sabja Seeds?

Many think sabja seeds are the seeds of holy basil plant | tulsi plant and that is why it is also called as tulsi seeds in many places but they are not.

Sabja seeds are the seeds of a wonderfully fragrant plant called Sweet Basil Plant or Thai Basil Plant or Thiruneetru Pachai herb whose botanical name is Ocimum Basilicum. The plant belongs to the family Lamiaceae, genus Ocimum and order Lamiales.

Sabja Seed Plant:

Sweet basil is an annual plant and it produces black seeds that are in the shape of tear drops. The plant is widely grown in Thailand and India.

Here in our place, you can find the plant very commonly. The leaves of the plant have amazing smell that I completely love.

Sabja seeds are native to India and originated from Asia and Africa. Later it spread to Europe and America.

Sabja Seeds Common Names:

Sabja seeds are called Tukamaria in Hindi, Thiruneetru Patchai Vithai or Sabja Vithai in Tamil, Sabja Ginjalu in Telugu, Baburi in Punjabi, Basil Seeds in English, Kamakasturi in Kannada, Tukmalanga in Pakistani, Hazbo in Kasmiri, Basilien Kraut in German, Basilic Cultiv in French, Tulasa Biyane in Marathi and Tulasi Bija in Bengali.

Sabja Seeds Chemical Constituents:

Sabja seeds contain active components like planteose, mucilage, polysaccharides and oils (linoleic acid which accounts for almost 50 %, linolenic acid, oleic acid and unsaturated fatty acids) in varying amounts.

The phyto chemicals present in sabja seeds are saponins, terpenoids, flavonoids, tannins, steroids and alkaloids. They are responsible for it’s anti inflammatory, anti hypoglycemic, anti microbial, analgesic, antioxidant, anti cancer, anti stress and cholesterol lowering properties.

Sabja Seeds Traditional Uses:

  • Though many Asian countries like India, Thailand, Vietnam use sabja seeds extensively they are not as famous as chia seeds. But they are slowly gaining in popularity now due to it’s wonderful nutrient value.
  • Sabja seeds have been used in Ayurvedic medicine from ancient times but in India it is most commonly used to make summer drinks like falooda as it is considered a body cooling food.
  • Sabja seeds swells to twice it’s size when soaked in water and I usually soak the seeds in hot water for about 10 minutes and then strain the water. The swelling is due to the presence of polysaccharide layer. Sabja seeds also has a bland taste which is another plus as you can add it to many dishes.

Sabja Seeds | Basil Seeds Nutrition:

Sabja seeds are very nutritious and are especially high in protein. 1 gram of sabja seeds contain 4.6 calories, . 4 grams carbohydrates, .2 grams fat and .19 grams of protein and it also rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

tukmaria health benefitsSabja Seeds Recipes:

Sabja seeds blends well with any drink as it is very bland. It can be added to sherbets, as a topping for ice creams, milk shakes, all flavored faloodas and even lemonade. My favorite all time recipe with sabja seeds is jigirthanda.

If there is one drink I am crazy about, it is jigirthanda. It is a sweet drink made with condensed milk, rose petal jam, ice and loads of sabja seeds. There is a street vendor near my sister’s place who makes heavenly jigirthanda.

Though I have tasted it in so many places, he is one of  the best. I think it has to do with the best homemade ingredients that he uses. Nowadays my sister teases me that I visit her only for eating jigirthanda.

My Favorite Basil Seeds Drink Recipe & Benefits:

I like jigirthanda mainly because of the sabja | tukmaria| basil seeds |sweet basil seeds | falooda seeds in them and each time I will ask for extra sabja seeds in the drink. You can also easily make basil seed drink at home, here is an easy recipe for basil seed drink that I make at home often:

Basil Seed Recipe:

Pour hot boiling water over sabja seeds and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes till it swells up. Now strain the water from the sabja seeds. Add the soaked basil seeds to chilled milk along with little rose syrup and rose petal jam to make an easy and healthy drink.

Basil Seed Drink Benefits:

This drink is very filling, very tasty and has wonderful health benefits. Give this milk to children often to increase their immunity. This drink is full of antioxidants, has a soothing effect on the stomach and is very filling.

Where To Buy Sabja Seeds?

Sabja seeds are found in every departmental store in India as it one of the most important ingredients for making falooda. But you can also buy it online too but it might be more expensive when you buy sabja seeds online.

Usually 100 grams of sabja seeds costs around 45 rupees whereas 100 grams of chia seeds cost around 180 rupees! Both have almost similar nutrient content with some differences in their protein and fat content (chia seeds have more fat content).

You can read the differences between chia seeds and sabja seeds in detail here. If you live in India I would suggest using sabja seeds instead of chia seeds as it is way cheaper.

How To Use Sabja Seeds?

To use, take the sabja seeds in a cup and pour boiling hot water till the seeds are completely immersed. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 to 20 minutes, the sabja seeds would have soaked up the water and would have swollen up to twice it’s size.

Strain the left over water and now the sabja seeds can be added to any dessert or drink. Always soak the sabja seeds and let it gel before using.

How To Store Sabja Seeds?

Sabja seeds store really well and lasts for months together, I store in an airtight bottle in my pantry. I usually buy it in bulk when I go to the city and store it in a bottle. This way I can make basil seed drink whenever I feel like it.

Sabja Seeds Dosage:

I would suggest not consuming more than 1 tbsp of sabja seeds (not soaked) per day as it usually leads to stomach bloating. Usually if you soak just a tsp of sabja it will really swell up to almost 1/4 cup and sabja seeds are very filling so it is really hard to over consume sabja seeds but still I would suggest not over consuming it. I usually consume around a tsp (unsoaked seeds) per day.

Sabja Seeds Side Effects:

I have been consuming basil seeds regularly and I haven’t experienced any side effects but like with any food don’t over consume sabja seeds. Also be careful about giving sabja seeds to young children as they might choke on them.

Sabja seeds are said to lower the estrogen levels but I couldn’t find any research supporting this claim. Pregnant women can consume sabja seeds in moderation as it has a cooling and soothing effect.

How To Collect Sabja Seeds From The Plant?

If you have the plant, wait for the flowers to bloom and wither, now collect the flowers and sun dry till crisp. Now take the sun dried flowers in a container and shake vigorously, the seeds will fall apart easily. Sabja seed plant can be easily grown at home and needs little to no maintenance at all.

7 Top Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses of Sabja Seeds | Basil Seeds:

1. Sabja Seeds For Weight loss:

sabja seeds for weight loss

Though there is no scientific research to prove that sabja seeds aids in weight loss, whenever I consume sabja seeds it keeps me full. I don’t feel hunger at all for long  periods of time as the sabja seeds are full of fiber.

If you are looking for foods to include in your weight loss plan, sabja seeds will be a great addition. To use sabja seeds for weight loss, soak sabja seeds in water, drain and take it in a glass, add in lemon juice, honey and chilled water and your wonderful weight loss sabja drink is ready…..

2. Sabja Seeds For Reducing Body Heat:

sabja seeds for acidity

Usually sabja seeds are consumed during summer time in India as it is one of the best body coolants. This is also one of the reasons that street vendors who sell sabja seeds based drinks close their shops during winter time and reopen it only during the next summer.

Usually I will be waiting for summer to consume my favorite drink. To make sabja seed drink for reducing body heat, add a tbsp of soaked sabja seeds to a cup of milk along with little rose petal jam. Even rose petal jam is a wonderful body coolant…

3. Sabja Seeds For Diabetes:

sabja seeds for body cooling

Sabja seeds are very effective for people with type 2 diabetes as sabja seeds help regulate blood sugar. This is due to tit’s high fiber content.

If you are diabetic and want to consume sabja seeds, after soaking it in water, mix it with plain cold milk and add a few drops of pure vanilla.

You have a wonderful healthy drink minus the sugar. You can also add it to other non dairy milk like almond milk or soy milk too. Having a cup of this drink will keep blood sugar levels stable for long periods of time…

4.  Sabja Seeds For Constipation:

sabja seeds for hair

If you suffering from constipation, adding sabja seeds to your diet will greatly help. If you are suffering from constipation, try consuming 2 tbsp of the soaked sabja seeds daily.

You have plenty of options to take it, you can add it to fruit salad and consume daily. I would suggest consuming it along with fruits like papaya or banana, it will greatly help treat constipation very very quickly.

5. Sabja Seeds For Acidity:

sabja seeds for diabetes

Sabja seeds has soothing effect on the stomach. If you suffer from stomach burn or acidity, a cup of sabja milk will do wonders. To make sabja milk, take either regular milk or if you are vegan take your choice of plant based milk in a cup.

Add soaked sabja seeds, sweeten with honey and drink daily. Substitute this drink for your cola and coffee for a few days and you will notice a very good difference.

You can also try including rose petal jam to this drink as even rose petal jam helps in treating stomach burn and acidity..

6. Sabja Seeds For Skin:

sabja seeds for skin

Sabja seeds have wonderful anti microbial properties and is wonderful to use for skin care. Sabja seeds have been proven to be effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria and it also reduces the inflammation and relieves pain.

When mixed together with coconut oil, it is very effective for treating skin related problems. To make the oil, first crush the seeds without soaking it in water.

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the seeds and remove from flame. Strain and use for eczema, psoriasis and other skin related problems.

7. For Healthy Skin & Hair:

sabja seeds side effects

Sabja seeds are very high in vitamins and minerals that keeps our skin and hair in peak health. It is also very high in protein and iron. A small cup of this sabja seeds will almost satisfy your daily requirement of iron and protein.

Also sabja seeds are rich in antioxidants and antioxidant rich foods prevents premature ageing of our skin and hair. If you are suffering from hair loss, try including sabja seeds in your diet regularly, it will greatly help….

basil seeds medicinal uses


  1. Anonymous
    November 24, 2014 / 6:49 am

    very informative

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 15, 2016 / 6:59 am

      Thank you..:)

  2. Anonymous
    January 5, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    I've been a lover of saabja seeds but was unaware of its nutrient qualities very helpful.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 15, 2016 / 7:00 am

      Yes, sabja seeds have wonderful nutrient value and medicinal uses, it is also lot cheaper and readily available…

  3. kannah
    January 18, 2015 / 3:42 pm


  4. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    How long after soaking cab they stay well ? Also what's the recommended daily consumption pre soak

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 10, 2015 / 8:59 am

      I usually use the soaked sabja seeds on the same day but I think they should stay well for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. I usually use around 2 tsp of sabja seeds (pre soak) per day and I have been using it for years with good results…

    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2015 / 1:11 pm

      hi…. suffer from acidity problem..can i consume this daily???and i couldn't understand the daily dosage properly…..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 21, 2015 / 4:16 pm

      You can consume sabja seeds daily till you get good relief. But try to stay from all irritant like colas, coffee, tea, spicy and oily food for some time. I use to take it daily before because I use to love it with homemade rose milk. 1 to 2 tsp of sabja seeds for a cup of milk will be enough. Start with 1 tsp and then if you like it you can increase the quantity. When it gets soaked the quantity will triple…

    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2016 / 10:20 am

      After soaking u can put the seeds in fridge. You can eat two tablespoon once a day

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2017 / 6:43 am

      for acidity also try homeopathy . It is the best . In my case i tried allopathy for my reflux for 4-5 years and finally homeopathy helped.

  5. Anonymous
    March 3, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Can this seeds helps to increase the height ?? If then how to consume it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      I am sorry, I haven't heard of using sabja seeds for increasing the height….

  6. Anonymous
    March 9, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Hi i am suffering frm gas problem frm last two month, so how much quantity of pre soak sabza seeds shall i take with water in morning with empty stomach?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 11, 2015 / 8:17 am

      Though sabja seeds are very soothing on the stomach, the best remedy for long term gastritis is oma water. We have been using oma water for many years in our village to treat gastritis so please give it a try. You can find the method of making it in the blog….

    • masood Ali
      March 16, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Hi Ramya, can these seeds remedy irretable bowel syndrome?Best regards/

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 11:47 am

      Basil seeds | sabja seeds especially when had along with gulkand and milk is a very good remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It has a soothing effect on the stomach…

  7. Anonymous
    March 9, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    does it treat psoriasis

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 11, 2015 / 8:21 am

      Sabja seeds does treat mild form of psoriasis. Mix the crushed sabja seeds in unrefined coconut oil and apply on the affected area continuously to see good results…..

  8. Anonymous
    March 11, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    will basil seed prevent you from getting pregnant?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 13, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Hi, It is best to avoid basil seeds when trying to get pregnant….

    • Sailaja
      June 18, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Hi, are these seeds not advised during pregnancy too? I'm 6m pregnant and have acidity. Shouldn't I use these seeds along with gulkand?

  9. Anonymous
    March 13, 2015 / 7:46 am

    What is the daily recommended intake of Tukmaria seeds for weight loss? and suitable timings like morning or night before going to bed or after waking up?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 14, 2015 / 2:05 am

      Tukmaria seeds really keeps you fuller for longer periods of time. Try it as an in between meal snack when you are hungry, it will prevent overeating during meal times. There is no restriction to how much basil seeds can be consumed in a day, but start with 2 teaspoons of sabja seeds a day….

  10. Anonymous
    March 15, 2015 / 9:51 am

    does it prevents hairfall..and is that help full for regrowth of hair

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2015 / 4:38 am

      Sabja seeds are full of vitamins and proteins and regular consumption will prevent hair fall due to protein deficiency….

  11. Anonymous
    March 23, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Which time should we take? Morning or evening or night

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 25, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      You can take sabja seeds any time you want…..

    • Viji Venkat Prananya
      July 2, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      Very very informative….I have oily skin …. Can I use the coconut oil mix on my face…my skin is very sensitive too

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 14, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      If you have oily and sensitive skin, I would suggest using only just plain homemade coconut oil on the face instead of sabja seeds and coconut oil mix. you can find the method for making homemade coconut oil in the blog…

  12. Amar
    March 24, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Sabja seeds help a lot in remedy of savior mouth ulcers,

  13. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 2:34 am

    Thanks for the post. I have a query. To have it in Milk do we have to still soak The seeds in water? And then add the swollen seeds to milk? Or do we have to add the unsoaked seeds to cold milk? Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 25, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Soak the seeds in boiling water (to speed up the process) for 5 to 10 minutes, drain the water and then add the swollen seeds to the cold milk….

    • Anonymous
      March 27, 2015 / 5:10 am

      Thanks for the valuable post. Does Sabja seeds increase semen quantity & quality ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 29, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      As far as I know, only holy basil or tulsi have an effect on the sperm count not sabja seeds……

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      I'm on a low protein diet so would it be okay to have 1 tsp of sabja with water daily?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 28, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      You can have sabja seeds daily. 1 gram of sabja seeds have around .19 gram of protein, you can calculate the amount of sabja seeds you want to have accordingly…

  14. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 / 7:19 am

    cant i have the sabja seeds along with the soaked water? how i have to use it for weight loss? i am actually soaking it the previous night and having it in the morning on empty stomach along with that water. is this fine?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 28, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Hi, you can have it with the soaked water and what you are doing is fine. It is great tool for weight loss because it keeps u full for a longer period of time at the same time providing nutrients. But sabja seeds alone will not aid in weight loss, it has to be combined with exercise and a good diet……………

  15. Anonymous
    April 3, 2015 / 3:19 am

    Will sabja seeds prevent from getting pregnent

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 5, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Only holy basil seeds is said to prevent pregnancy, as far as I know sweet basil seeds does not have any effect on pregnancy….

  16. Vaidya Vaidya
    April 6, 2015 / 8:56 am

    What is tamil name for sabja seeds?!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 7, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      Sabja seeds are called sabja vithai in Tamil. In some shops it also sold as tulasi vithai, though in reality sabja seeds are thai holy basil seeds not our tulsi seeds….

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      We call Sabja plant as 'Thiruneer Patru Ilai' in tamil(Coimbatore). We use to do pooja with those leaves as it smells divine… And the seeds are 'Thiruneer patru vithai'. I have been using these seeds for reducing body heat and constipation and amazed to see the results:)

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 2:52 am

      Thanks a lot for sharing the information…:)

  17. Soy
    April 8, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    what is the name of sabja seeds in malayalam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 6:47 am

      I think sweet basil is called called tirunetru in Malayalam, ask for it's seeds…..

  18. Anonymous
    April 8, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Hello can these seeds increase grow of our skin

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 7:07 am

      Holy basil seeds are very nutritious and if included in the diet often, they will improve the skin texture…..

  19. Anonymous
    April 9, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Can i take these seeds during pregnancy?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      You can take sweet basil seeds during pregnancy but have in moderation…..

  20. Madhubala Polapala
    April 13, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    am geeting hair fall heavily and am having these sabja seed water every day at night time but no result,is there another remedy for that

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Hi Madhu,If you are getting unusually heavy hair fall, check your anemic levels. If you are anemic increase the iron content in your food by consuming a lot of greens like curry leaves, all type of keerais and dates daily in your diet. Along with eating healthy, try regular oil bath and hair masks to strengthen the hair roots and prevent dandruff which also might cause hair fall…..

  21. Anonymous
    April 16, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Hello ,do I take sabja for weight loss. I am 22yrs but 75 KGS. It helpful to me using sabjaa. Wat the cost of sabjaa seeds .

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 6:45 am

      I always like to eat sabja seeds by adding it to milk along with a bit rose syrup and a tsp of gulkand. You can add it to low fat milk and consume daily. Basil seeds keeps you fuller for long periods of time thus preventing snacking in between meals. Try exercising regularly, eating healthy and reducing your overall calorie intake along with consuming basil seeds to aid in faster weight loss. Sabja seeds are not very expensive, I think 100 gm costs around 40 to 50 rupees………

    • Anonymous
      April 18, 2015 / 8:15 am

      Dear Mam,i have read once that if we cosume sabja seeds we can postpone periods. is it true? If so, from which day after the periods it should be consumed if my periods should get postponed atleast for a weak. And in what time i.e whether in the morning or evening it should be taken

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 19, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      I have no experience using sabja seeds for postponing periods so I don't know how effective it is. But from what I read, a tsp of sabja seeds soaked previous day night in water, if taken in the early morning postpones the periods. If you have a regular monthly cycle, start taking it before 2 days from the expected period date everyday morning continuously…………..

    • Anonymous
      April 22, 2016 / 6:30 am

      Will it be a problem for people who have irregular periods to consume sabja?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 4, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      Basil Seeds | Sabja seeds will not cause any problems. Though some journals claim that sabja | basil seeds have androgenic properties I couldn't find any scientific evidence for it. Personally also I have never had any trouble consuming sabja amost daily as I love to have it with milk….

  22. B.Devendra kumar
    April 19, 2015 / 6:24 am

    How sabja seeds is to be used , can it be used with water only ,what it's called in telugu, how to prepare it pleasee guide

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 19, 2015 / 1:53 pm

      I think it is called sabja vittanalu in Telugu. I like to soak the sabja seeds and then take the soaked seeds and add it to milk along with gulkand, and rose syrup and have it chilled. Try it, it tastes delicious…..

  23. Anusha Vandavasi
    April 20, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Hi madamI have hypothyroidism…. can I use sabja for weight loss

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 21, 2015 / 6:27 am

      As far as I know sabja seeds can be consumed by people with hyperthyroidism and you can use it in your weight loss diet. To be on the safer side please check with your doctor too…

  24. Anonymous
    April 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

    tq mem good inf

  25. Anonymous
    April 22, 2015 / 3:13 am

    hello mam, i have been facing severe hairfall due to fungus ..does sabja seeds help in anyway? can it be applied on the scalp?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2015 / 4:40 pm

      No don't use sabja seeds on the scalp instead try applying a mixture of holy basil, neem and yogurt that is ground finely as a hair pack…..

  26. Anonymous
    April 24, 2015 / 6:38 am

    Hi, just wanted to check whether we just have to drink the water in which the seeds are soaked,or we need to consume the seeds also.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Consume the seeds, the sabja seeds will fully absorb all the water and there will be barely any water left….

  27. Anonymous
    April 27, 2015 / 7:39 am

    You have mentioned to take 1-2 teaspoon of sabja sead with milk for various purpose. Please let us know that the said quantity is of soaked or unsoaked sabja seed?Thanks and regards

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 27, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      The said quantity is for unsoaked sabja seeds…

  28. Anonymous
    April 27, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    If sweet basil seeds are called sabsa, what are the Holy basil seeds called??What is the local purchase name (Hindi) used in shops for holy basil seeds?And how do both seeds differ in property?Which is more effective?Recently a Taj Chef had recommended using only basil seeds instead of sabsa since they are cooler. Is it true?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 29, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Holy basil seeds are called tulsi seeds and in Tamil Nadu it is called Tulasi Vithai. They do differ in their properties like for instance, holy basil seeds should not be consumed be consumed by people who are trying to get pregnant whereas sabja are safe. Here in Tamil Nadu we rarely or never use holy basil seeds for consumption ( we use only the leaves for all the remedies) so I am not sure whether it is a body coolant or not…..

  29. Anonymous
    April 28, 2015 / 10:37 am

    what is the name of sabja seeds in kannada?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 29, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      I think sabja seeds are called kama kasturi in Kannada….

    • Jnanashakthi Graphics
      January 7, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      Yes it is Kama kasturi beeja…In oir tradition we are using its leaves also for pooja…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 5:16 am

      We call the sabja plant leaves thiruneetru pachai in Tamil. It has an amazing smell and though it can be used for pooja, we mainly use only holy basil (thulasi in Tamil) for poojas…

  30. Anonymous
    May 2, 2015 / 9:23 am

    i like sabja these seeds are sweet

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 5:17 am

      Sabja seeds does not have any taste they taste bland after soaking…

  31. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Hi,I wanted to know if it is true that Sabja can cause stones?? also is it okay to have 4 table spoons of sabja every day.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 2:31 am

      I couldn't find any research confirming that sabza seeds causes kidney stones, even we consume sabza frequently and none of us have any problems. Try not to consume more than 2 tablespoons a day. Though it is a great food, It is always best to practice moderation…………

  32. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Hello….. you said earlier that consuming soaked basil seeds in morning helps is posponding periods. I have started consuming the soaked seeds for weight reduction, will it affect my monthly periods??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 2:44 am

      It is supposed to be effective only if it is taken in the empty stomach right before your period date. I consume basil seeds often (but never in the empty stomach) and it has never affected my periods date…..

  33. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    can i eat sabza seeds for gastric mucosa,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 2:14 am

      Yes, you can eat sabza seeds for acidity….

  34. Anonymous
    May 4, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to know whether Sabja seed will reduce boby heat. And for how long should I need to take that seeds to decrease the body heat.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 1:42 am

      Hi, sabja seeds will reduce body heat, try to consume it for at least 2 to 3 days continuously….

  35. Anonymous
    May 7, 2015 / 2:37 am

    Hi, will consuming sabja every day good. U have mentioned that it may postpone periods. So how far girls is it safe for girls to take it daily for weight loss without affecting periods

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Sabja seeds are said to postpone periods only if you have it in the empty stomach right before your period date (I don't have any personal experience with it). It is very safe to take it daily. I have been taking sabja seeds regularly (I love to have it with milk in the evening) and I have never had any problems with my periods…

  36. Jaivir Yadav
    May 12, 2015 / 2:40 am

    These are also called ''Marwa ke Beej'' in North India. Marwa (Sweet Basil) is a very common plant in North India along with Tulsi (Holy Basil). But on Internet, its famous name are sabja seed, tukmaria seed. Marwa leafs are also used in Chatni along with poodina leafs. This Chatni refreshes your body in summer days. This information is specially for north Indian because they are always confused about the identification of sabja seeds.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 15, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Thank you for taking your time for sharing this information about sabja seeds, I didn't know sweet basil was called marwa….

  37. Anonymous
    May 13, 2015 / 12:42 am

    Very informative post Ramya..thank u ! Also appreciate ur patience and knowledge while answering all the queries.

  38. Anonymous
    May 17, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    it is so informative.but how to use it for hairs???my hairs are falling like anything

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 18, 2015 / 5:23 pm

      Sabja seeds are rich in all the nutrients and daily consumption will prevent deficiencies which in turn will prevent hair fall…

  39. Anonymous
    May 18, 2015 / 8:38 pm


  40. Anonymous
    May 18, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Excellent answers and document, thanks, Can I use during periods, I have heavy period, as I have too much acidity and ulcer,Pitta dosha. Will it reduce the period, pain, fatigue etc. during period time. So far my research on internet with various site, shows those with pitta dosha will have heavy periods, and I get every 25 days, which is very difficult. Appreciate your answer. God bless you for your service.Thanks,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 19, 2015 / 5:03 pm

      Sabja seeds can be consumed during periods but to see positive results you should consume it regularly at least for a few days. Sabja seeds also have a soothing effect on the stomach and is very good for acidity and ulcer….

  41. Anonymous
    May 19, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    Thank u ramya! Really; hats off to ur patience fr answering all the queries. Does sabja provide any aid in pimples treatment?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 19, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Sabja seeds improves the overall skin condition as it is highly nutritious but to treat acne I would suggest applying turmeric and holy basil mixture (method in the blog) along with consuming sabja seeds…

  42. Muni Lavanya
    May 26, 2015 / 11:07 am

    thank u Ramya for the informationhow does it help for the people having psoriasis and people having diabetesand what is the dosage to be taken by the people having psoriasis and people having diabetes

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 28, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Hi Lavanya, Sabja seeds keeps the blood sugar levels stable in diabetic patients and 2 tbsp of soaked sabja seeds will work well. Like mentioned in the post oil made with sabja seeds when used as an external application treats minor skin infections very well and for that 1/4 tsp of unsoaked sabja seeds heated with 1 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil will work well….

    • baskar
      November 7, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      we too suffering from both you mentioned , we now only came to know about this sabja seeds , me having psoriasis past 40years , wife has diabetes past 14 years not able to control both problems , thanks to ramya , baskar chennai

  43. vj
    May 26, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    is sabja seeds(tukmaria) same as chia seeds ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 28, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      Though sabja seeds and chia seeds look alike and have many similarities they both are different….

    • Anonymous
      June 2, 2015 / 9:55 am

      But they so look the same! I actually thought they were the same thing. But is chia seeds better in terms of nutritional vaules? Thanks in advance for your help.

  44. Anonymous
    June 1, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Is it the Rama Tulsi seeds ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 2, 2015 / 1:50 am

      Sabja seed are not rama tulsi seeds, they are Thai holy basil seeds..

  45. Anonymous
    June 2, 2015 / 9:49 am

    When I soaked Rama thulsi seeds, that also absorbed water and looks similar to the seeds which is there in Falooda.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 5:07 am

      For making falooda, they use sabja seeds only ….

  46. Anonymous
    June 3, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Good info .. Thanks. Do we need to bite and eat the Sabja seeds or swallow to get the benefits.Can we grind before eating, I tried grinding the seeds, Katira gum with milk. 3. Is Katira gum, badam pisin, kadal pasi all same..thanks for your reply..God bless you..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Sabja seeds are so slimy that you can't bite into it properly but no matter how you eat you will get the benefits of these wonderful seeds. All the three ingredients you mentioned are different from one another…

  47. Anonymous
    June 6, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Thank you Ramya, can I grind the seeds and add to juice or milk, or should It not be ground

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 5:04 am

      Sabja seeds should not be ground, soak the seeds in water for about 15 to 20 minutes and once it swells up add to the juice or milk…

  48. Altex lan
    June 10, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I used to soak the sabla seeds and plant it.

  49. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    where shall i get these seeds ramya? is it bitter im diabetic. what is the dosage?im 61 yrs old

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 24, 2015 / 6:10 am

      We get these seeds in all the departmental stores now. These seeds are not bitter in fact they don't have any taste at all. Usually a full tsp of the unsoaked sabja seeds will work well…

  50. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Hi Ramya, I took Sabja seed, badam . Will badam pisin activate the uterus and make the period come early?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 25, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Hi, I am sorry, I haven't heard of badam pisin consumption altering the period dates, it's only known as a body coolant…

  51. Stalin Seva
    June 20, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    should we chew of swallow sabja after soaked in water?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 20, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Sabja seeds are very slimy to properly bite into and can be swallowed as such…

  52. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Hi ramya my daughter is 3 months pregnant suffering from accute acidity can I give her sabja seed & how much in quantity

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 6:47 am

      Hi, You can give her sabja seeds mixed with milk, 1 tsp of unsoaked seeds will work well. Also try including manathakkali soup in her diet (recipe in the blog), it will heal ulcers fast…

  53. Monisha Nagesh
    July 2, 2015 / 6:08 am

    Very usefull.. Thank you.

  54. Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    How to soak the seeds? Cold or hot water and for how long?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 7:43 am

      Soak the seeds in hot water. I usually pour boiling water on top of the seeds and then wait till it cools down….

  55. Anonymous
    July 7, 2015 / 8:53 am

    What effect will it have on person with sinusitis? Any chances of agrevation? Please advice?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 7:59 am

      As far as I researched sabja seeds does not aggravate sinusitis, you can consume it safely….

  56. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Hello,How it is used in diabetes and constipation.pl suggest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 22, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Sabja seeds are high in fiber and it really helps people who are suffering from constipation, try to take soaked sabja seeds before bed time to treat the problem. Since it does not spike the blood sugar levels, it is very good for diabetic patients..

  57. Anonymous
    July 20, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Do soaked tukmaria interfere or contradict with the working of chemotherapy drugs?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 2:34 am

      As far as I researched basil seeds | tukmaria does not interact with chemotherapy drugs but I would suggest confirming it with a medical professional to be double sure…

  58. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Hi ramya, How long i have to take this sabja seeds for hair growth ? and I have hair fall for the past one year…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2015 / 2:03 am

      Sabja seeds are very nutritious and combining it along with a traditional high protein diet will arrest hair fall within a month or two depending on the severity of the hair fall. I also would suggest applying hair packs and taking oil baths regularly..

  59. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 / 7:56 am

    Hi Ramya,does consuming water whole day boiled in cinnamon stick and cloves help educing belly fat?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 3, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Hi, I am sorry I have never come across a good home remedy that helps to reduce belly fat. Usually exercise and a good traditional diet will help reduce belly fat. Having said that consuming horse gram will help to get rid of fat faster (There is even a famous quote in Tamil about horse gram and body fat) especially if coupled with a good exercise regimen…

  60. Anonymous
    August 1, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Hi. Do you know what is the difference between basil seed and chia seed?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      Basil seeds swell faster than chia. Basil seeds have high amount of carbs and they are cheaper than chia seeds. Chia seeds have higher amount of fat and protein when compared to sabja….

  61. kaps
    August 6, 2015 / 10:18 am

    should i ask for sabja or tulsi ke beej in store???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Ask for sabja seeds in the store…

  62. Anonymous
    August 6, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Hi Ramya,Is it advisable for girls who is not married to take sabja seeds regularly? it is a good coolant but postponing periods and hurdle in getting conceived aren't a major drawback? Pls suggest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Hi, I was taking sabja seeds regularly for few months (I love to have it with milk) and never noticed any difference in monthly cycle. Sabja seeds are said to postpone periods only if you have it in the empty stomach right before your period date (I don't have any personal experience with it and don't know whether it is true). Only holy basil is said to prevent pregnancy, sabja seeds are the seeds of sweet basil. Sabja seeds are full of nutrients and I would kindly suggest that you include it in your diet…

  63. Feroz
    August 12, 2015 / 1:00 am

    Hi, we in kashmir basil seeds use in the holy month of ramadan for breaking fast every day, it really keeps cool and helps in good digestion.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 5:00 am

      Thanks for sharing this information about basil seeds…

  64. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    Does sabza seeds help in managing IBS, colitis and bloody diarehea ?Please suggest a dose if yes.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 12:19 am

      Hi, sabja seeds helps in IBS as I have personally experienced it, if I eat very spicy foods and then eat eat sabja seeds there will not be any irritation in the stomach at all. Sabja seeds will be useful for colitis too, soak 1 teaspoon sabja seeds in hot water for 10 minutes, drain and use. Though I haven't personally used, it is said to help diarrhea as well and you can use the same quantity for treating it too.

  65. kang vanness
    August 26, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I usually drink 1 glasses of sabaj seed with water by add sugar 2spoontable (morning and night time daily). I want ask should I just drink one time a day for work best to loss weight? And You recommend I shouldn't add sugar or is fine?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 28, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      Sabja seeds buy itself does not reduce fat, it just keeps us fuller for longer. So I would suggest that you work out the calories needed to lose weight and include sabja seeds in it for best results (consuming once is more than enough). It is best to avoid sugar as it is just empty calories…

  66. Anonymous
    August 27, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Hii. Going throw Ivf. My body heat was increased because of medicine!p. Is subja is useful in this situvation? If yes how it consume?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 28, 2015 / 4:50 pm

      Sabja seeds will help to reduce body heat. To consume, mix sabja seeds along with milk and gulkand and consume for a few days…

  67. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Hai Ramya..Pls advise me how to treat Dandruff & regrowth of hair using Sabja seeds.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 3:16 am

      Sabja seeds are very very nutritious, so consuming it regularly will prevent deficiencies which is the main reason for hair fall. For dandruff, try the fenugreek hair mask from the blog…

  68. Anonymous
    September 8, 2015 / 12:18 am

    Hi i have acne marks on my face can u plz explain to me how to use it as a mask or paste thank u

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 3:26 am

      Hi, you can crush the basil seeds and infuse it in coconut oil like mentioned in the post for applying externally. But I would suggest using turmeric and holy basil paste from the blog first, it is very very effective for acne. Then once you wash it off, pat dry and massage with the sabja infused oil….

  69. Anonymous
    September 13, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    hii thanks for the information….I wanted to know what's the difference betweensweet basil (sabza seeds) and basil seeds (tukh malanga seeds)?what are the different health benefits, and which one is more effective?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 20, 2015 / 4:58 pm

      Hi Tukh malanga are the seeds of chia plant not basil plant. Though both chia and sabja seeds look the same, have amazing health benefits and swell up when soaked, they do have their differences. Sabja seeds have more carbohydrates and less fat than chia seeds and chia seeds have more of protein and regarding total caloric value, chia seeds are slightly more than sabja seeds…. In my opinion both are good and depending on individual requirements ( for eg, people with high protein requirements can choose chia) we can choose either one…

  70. João Alexandre
    September 24, 2015 / 8:54 am

    Ramya, very informative article. It's impressive how you go out of your way to reply to people's comments on this article even though it's from 2014. You can tell you're knowledgeable and dedicated to your blog.Ramya:1- you suggest 2 teaspoons of soaked tukmaria/sabja seeds per day? What's the maximum one should consume?2 – how about chia seeds, how many tsp or tbsp per day? I usually have 25 grams of soaked chia seeds at once, but I weigh them so I don't gorge on them.3 – For psoriaris, you mention 1/4 teaspoon of sabja seeds soaked, or is it in hot water, along with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil?4 – Unrelated to this, do you know teff flour, and what do you use it for?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 28, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, 1. Usually 1 to 2 tbsp of of basil seeds per day will be good. I usually take 1 tbsp of basil seeds at a time.2. For chia seeds 15 to 20 grams will be good as for some people it might cause gas and bloating if it exceeds this limit. It is because of the high amount of fiber in them. 3. I have mentioned that the seeds should not be soaked in water :)4. We don't get teff flour easily in my place so I don't know much about it…

  71. Chittibabu.S
    October 3, 2015 / 7:45 am

    chia seed and subja seeds are same are they different?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      Chia seeds and sabja seeds are different…

  72. rajesh narasingi
    October 4, 2015 / 10:08 am

    mam what do you call sabja seeds in hindi

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Sabja is the Hindi name of sweet basil seeds…:)

    • harshitha malipedi
      October 8, 2015 / 5:03 pm

      Can we use sabja plant leaves for puja plz tell me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 9, 2015 / 5:22 am

      As far as I know sabja plant leaves are not used for pooja, only holy basil leaves are used…

  73. Unknown
    October 26, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Hi , Came across your blog by chance searching about a seed called CHIA and i am.Am actually from Mauritius but been living here in Spain for 40n years.Back home i used to drink this TUKMARIA seeds( what you called SABJA) , which my Grandma would prepare at week ends.My question is " Are TUKMARIA , CHIA SEEDS an SABJA the same thing"?Thanks for your time, Miss

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Hi, tukmaria seeds | basil seeds | falooda seeds| sabja seeds all refer to the same thing. Chia seeds are different, though they look like sabja seeds and swell up like them they are different…

  74. Birhan Kahtri
    October 26, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Hi 🙂 thanks for sharing your experience .Is there anything tht can be used for Diabetes , cholesterol and hypertension?Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Fenugreek tea and kalmegh can be used for diabetes (you can read about them in the blog). For hypertension try hibiscus tea and for cholesterol, all our traditional foods that are high in fiber and low in fat (for eg, horse gram) combined with good exercise regimen will help…

  75. Anonymous
    November 12, 2015 / 1:38 am

    Hi, Ramya. I was told to buy tukmaria to cure vitiligo. I was instructed to soak 2 tablespoons in water over night. The next mornng I am to consume 1 tablespoon and put the other on the affected areas and let them dry in the early mornng sun. I wasn't told whether to take it on an empty stomach or not. Have you ever heard of tukmaria being used in this way? Have you heard of anything that could slow or cure vitiligo? I read all of your posts and have found alot of useful information, so even if you don't know the answer to my question, thank you for sharing.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 19, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      I have not heard of sabja seeds being used for vitiligo. Babchi seeds (Psoralea Corylifolia) has been used traditionally for treating vitiligo, especially it is very effective when used in the early stages of vitiligo….

  76. Tanvir Islam
    November 17, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Is that increase blood sugar??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 22, 2015 / 4:08 am

      Basil seeds | Sabja seeds does not increase the blood sugar levels, in fact it helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels if had without sugar and is very good for diabetic patients…

  77. Anonymous
    November 28, 2015 / 4:17 am

    This information is awesome . How can I grind tukmaria to put in soap for helping psoriasis .

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      Take the sabja seeds | tukmaria seeds in a mortar and pestle and grind coarsely to a powder and then add to your soap but I am not sure how effective it will be for psoriasis…

  78. Jyoti Chindam
    December 13, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Consuming sabja seeds with water will heal pimples???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 20, 2015 / 4:45 am

      Though consuming basil seeds | sabja seeds is very good for the skin, I don't think consuming sabja seeds prevents pimples…

    • VijayKumar
      December 23, 2015 / 5:02 am

      Can sabjanseeds consumed by ladies,who are planning for children?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 4:10 am

      Sabja seeds can be had by ladies who are trying for pregnancy but with like any food don't over consume sabja seeds…

  79. Unknown
    December 22, 2015 / 12:11 am

    Hi ramya, where is d shop serving this heavenly jigarthada ?? pls share

  80. Anonymous
    December 22, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Hi RamyaWhere is this heavenly jigardanda serving shop. pls share location details

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 4:11 am

      It is a small road side shop called Mahaveer in Udumalpet 🙂

  81. sankari
    December 25, 2015 / 8:57 am


  82. Anonymous
    January 21, 2016 / 5:53 am

    can i give these seeds to my 10 years old daughter ?????she is a bit over weight also.pls do reply as soon as you can.would be highly obliged .thanx alot in advance.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 15, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Sabja seeds can be given for your daughter. After soaking the sabja seeds in water, drain the water and mix the swollen seeds with grass fed organic whole milk and palm jaggery and give her. This is very nutritious and filling and usually will tide her over till the next meal without snacking in between.

  83. Anonymous
    January 21, 2016 / 5:56 am

    can i give these seeds to my 10 years old daughter ?????she is a bit over weight also.pls do reply as soon as you can.would be highly obliged .thanx alot in advance.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 11, 2016 / 7:06 am

      Sabja seeds can be given for your daughter. After soaking the sabja seeds in water, drain the water and mix the swollen seeds with grass fed organic whole milk and palm jaggery and give her. This is very nutritious and filling and usually will tide her over till the next meal without snacking in between.

  84. shweta
    January 22, 2016 / 11:30 am

    i am taking treatment for baby. hence due to injections tablet increased the heat in my body. that's why i have 1 pimple on my stool and then release the blood like fistula. i don't know this is fistula or not. but i want t reduce the heat in my body.i am tiring to baby so please tell me can i eat sabja or not?

  85. Raj.K
    January 30, 2016 / 1:52 am

    Dear Ramya, One of my friend suggested me to take sabza every day to reduce prostrate to normal / prevent it from enlargement..Does it really help..?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      I am very sorry I am not aware of this use of sabja seeds…

  86. Unknown
    February 2, 2016 / 4:45 am

    Hello Madam,Thank you for providing valuable info ..I have a querry.I heard that sabja seeds will prevent back pain ? Pls suggest me, is it really work out if I consume ,if yes suggest me how to use .

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      I am very sorry I am not aware of the use of sabja seeds for treating back pain…

  87. Anonymous
    February 2, 2016 / 6:11 am

    pls help me….can i use it for my 10yrs old daughter???she is a bit over weight also….pls help & inform me its benefits also….thanx

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Sabja seeds can be given for a 10 year old kid, it is rich in proteins and is very very filling. Just make sure not to overdose on sabja seeds for her as every ingredient has it's own side effects if taken in large doses…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 4:58 am

      Thanks for sharing the link for buying sabja seeds online…

  88. bhuvana nagarajan
    February 18, 2016 / 10:07 am

    hi ramya very useful infor yaar. can u pls post how to prepare natural perfumes for young girls.pls tell me what is the tamil name for SABJA SEED

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 4:49 am

      Sabja seeds are called sabja vithai in Tamil and posting about natural perfumes is in my to do list for a long time, I will try my best to post it as soon as I can…:)

  89. deep sakar
    February 24, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Could you please let me know if sabja seed can be consumed for people with fatty liver or asthama ? Are there any side effects ? Does it have reactions with any specific medicines ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 10:57 am

      I couldn't find any research that proves sabja | basil seeds are harmful for people suffering from asthma or fatty liver disease. I am also not sure whether basil seeds interact with certain medications…

    • Freedom
      March 27, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Is it safe for people with gall stones to consume the sabja / tulsi seeds ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 20, 2016 / 4:14 am

      Sabja seeds are not tulsi seeds (holy basil) they are the seeds of sweet basil. I couldn't find any evidence suggesting that it is bad for people with gall stones, as far as I know you can consume it safely…

  90. Steve
    March 14, 2016 / 7:43 am

    Is there any limitation of intake Sabja seeds Per day?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Sabja seeds are usually well tolerated by most people and the common dosage is around 1 to 2 tbsp per day. I usually take around 1 tbsp of sabja seeds (not soaked) per day and when it swells up, it really is a lot. This amount works well for me, but I would suggest starting with 1/2 tbsp of sabja seeds and increase the amount gradually so your body gets used to it…

  91. Anonymous
    March 15, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Hello Ramya..can you tell me how can i use sabja seeds to reduce weight.. thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 8:36 am

      Basil seeds | sabja seeds are rich in fiber so it curbs the appetite really well. Whenever I eat sabja seeds I feel fuller and satisfied for long time…

  92. irfan irfu
    March 15, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Hi madam At what time it is better to take? Mornings or evenings? And actually I am in diet and by taking these seeds should I gain weight?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 8:38 am

      You can consume sabja seeds any time of the day. Sabja seeds by itself does not make a person gain weight, try to increase the intake of nutritious but calorie dense foods…

  93. sowmya komati
    March 26, 2016 / 6:41 am

    Hie ramya …can I use holy basil seeds in the place of sabja every morning for weight balance …how well does it work for increase in weight

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 14, 2016 / 6:06 am

      Hi Sowmya, I have only used sabja seeds not holy basil seeds. Also since holy basil has anti fertility properties I would suggest using the seeds after consulting an ayurvedic physician. Regarding losing or gaining weight, it is a matter of energy balance. Eat more calorie dense foods to gain weight….

  94. Anonymous
    March 26, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Hie ramya can the sabja seeds consumed by people who have undergone surgery of tumour in uterus…if yes please guide the dosage accordingly..thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 17, 2016 / 2:40 am

      Hi, I am very sorry for the late reply. I couldn't find any side effects of consuming sabja seeds after undergoing surgery of tumor in the uterus. As far as I know you can consume sabja seeds safely. Usually 1 tbsp of unsoaked sabja seeds will be enough, but I would suggest starting with 1 tsp and then increasing it…

  95. Freedom
    March 31, 2016 / 4:08 am

    Hi Maam, Could you please confirm, if person can safely consume sabja seeds if they have gall stone ? I have heard from Dr. say to avoid some seeds for kidney/gall stone. Kindly let us know. thanks – your blog is very helpful.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 21, 2016 / 3:12 am

      I couldn't find any evidence suggesting that sabja seeds harm people with gallstones but I would suggest confirming with your physician to be double sure especially if you are planning on taking it daily…

  96. Unknown
    March 31, 2016 / 5:21 am

    Hello,I normally have sabja seeds at night, I swallow them dry & drink water over it. It is ok to have it like this instead of soaking them & having them after?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 20, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      I would suggest soaking the sabja seeds before consuming as the gelatinous coating formed during the soaking helps it move through the digestive tract. Consuming soaked seeds is also much more pleasant than eating raw sabja seeds…

  97. Unknown
    April 3, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    IM suffering from pimples how to help this basil seeds

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 27, 2016 / 4:36 am

      I would suggest trying holy basil and turmeric face pack from the blog, it is very very effective for treating pimples…

  98. Mohd Azeem
    April 11, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Hi Madamis there a use of Basil seeds (Sabja) for the Piles (Bawasir) problem & how?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 29, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      Basil seeds are high in fiber so it will treat constipation effectively but it won't treat the inflammation if you are suffering from it…

  99. Anonymous
    April 14, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Hi madam,We are planning for children in couple of months. Is it fine to have these seeds? or better to avoid?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 30, 2016 / 7:49 am

      I haven't come across any scientific proof that basil seeds | sabja seeds have anti fertility properties. But some books say it has androgenic properties which confuses me, I would suggest confirming with a physician….

  100. Ankita Gala
    April 16, 2016 / 1:21 pm


  101. saaffu
    May 2, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    After reading all ur cmmnts I thought to write my problem here…wenever I m having these sweet basil seed I feel headache I dont knw y is thr ny thing wrong wd m

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 7:44 am

      Basil seeds | sabja seeds are very cooling but it rarely causes headache. How do you consume the seeds?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Usually if sabja seeds are had in the correct dosage there will not be any side effects. Try to reduce the amount of sabja seeds you are consuming….

  102. Siddeswara Shastry
    May 18, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Is there any best time to have this seed (before food or after food). Is it good for ageing problem and hair fall?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      You can basil seeds any time of the day. Basil seeds are high in protein so it will help prevent hair fall…

  103. tabassum sultana
    May 21, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    can I grind the seeds and apply for hair to reduce my hair-fall ? pls tell

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      I have not used basil seeds for my hair so I don't know how effective it is…

  104. Bhaskar Krishna
    May 31, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Hi Ramya Taking Basil seeds is there any side effects for young boys, i listened for pregnancy ladies only side effctThnaks in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Basil seeds have no side effect for young boys…

  105. Rizz Rullzz
    May 31, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    plz tell me its antibacterial activity or antifungalactivity

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Basil seeds are said to posses both anti bacterial and anti fungal properties…

  106. saaffu
    June 7, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    By soaking in a plain water.

  107. Terry
    June 7, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    l only did a search for tukmaria uses and an glad to have found your info. I used to live this as a child in falooda though now in UK it's not as common. Only today I have found the seeds in a shop and so have decided to make use of them.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 4:52 am

      I am glad you could find sabja seeds in UK…

  108. M Saleh Saudi
    June 8, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I usually soak sabja seeds in Water and after than i put them in cool ice cream which gives a perfect flavor and reduce body temperature

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 4:50 am

      Even I love to add soaked sabja seeds over ice cream, I also add rose syrup on top, perfect body coolant during summer 🙂

  109. kiran
    June 23, 2016 / 9:14 am

    hi i have pcod and i am in pcod treaatment am i using sabja seeds for constipation problem?is it safe to me?because i read in one of the site its not safe for who are trying to pregnancy?send me the answer as earily as possible

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 4:43 am

      I haven't come across any scientific proof that basil seeds | sabja seeds have anti fertility properties, only holy basil(thulasi in Tamil) has anti fertility properties which is proven through research. But some books say basil seeds have androgenic properties I would suggest confirming with a physician….

    June 28, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Sabja sheeds side effect ??????

    June 28, 2016 / 4:54 am


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 6:05 am

      Sabja seeds | Basil seeds are usually well tolerated in normal amounts by everyone. I have been consuming sabja seeds for many years now and I haven't experienced any side effects at all. But I would suggest not over dosing on sabja seeds…

  112. anilkumar
    July 9, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Hi,Can I take it before sleep and what are the benefits if I have it before sleep.

  113. anilkumar
    July 9, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Hi,Can I take it before sleep and what are the benefits if I have it before sleep.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 7:40 am

      As far as I know, basil seeds does not have any effect on sleep. Usually basil seeds are suggested before bed time as a remedy for constipation. I couldn't find any research suggesting that basil seeds have any effect on our sleep…

  114. Anonymous
    July 17, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Hello mam, thanks for the post and appreciate for your great writings. Am a great fan of jigarthanda. Could you please tell me the address of the jigarthanda shop that you had.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      It is a tiny road side shop (thallu vandi kadai) in Udumalpet called "Mahaveer" :). But the shop is there only during summer months, wish it was there year round 🙁

  115. topuri sudharani
    July 22, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Plz…share weight loss tips

  116. topuri sudharani
    July 22, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Share weight loss tips

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 7, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      I will very soon…:)

  117. Anonymous
    September 8, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Hey anyone please tell me it is suitable for psoriasis…. ????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 10, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Ground sabja seeds mixed in any unrefined oil can be used for treating very mild form of psoriasis…

  118. Anonymous
    September 27, 2016 / 11:40 am

    are sabja seeds helpful in insomnia

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 5:29 am

      Though I have read in some books that sabja seeds (basil seeds) help with insomnia, I couldn't find any research supporting the claim….

  119. Rashid albania
    October 5, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    thank you .

  120. Anonymous
    October 27, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Hi madam,I am 33 weeks pregnant suffering from hyper acidity .can I eat Sabja seed?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 9, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Sabja seeds have a soothing effect on the stomach. Especially if had along with milk and rose petal jam, it will greatly help treat hyper acidity. But basil seeds are said to lower the estrogen levels so it should be had in moderation during pregnancy, I was having it in moderation when I was pregnant(I used to have a tsp of soaked basil seeds) once or twice a week. If in doubt you can also consult your doctor about it…

  121. Anonymous
    November 18, 2016 / 3:12 am

    It will be useful for belly fat? How to use daily?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 9, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Sabja seeds keeps one fuller for longer so it will help in fat loss (belly fat loss) and can be added to weight loss diets. But it should be accompanied by a good diet and regular exercise to see meaningful weight loss. You can add the soaked sabja seeds to low fat milk and consume it every day…..

  122. Unknown
    December 5, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    can we give sabja seeds to 2yrs old cild

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 9, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      Please don't give sabja seeds to very young children (below 3 years) they might choke on it…

  123. Bhanu Polisetty
    December 9, 2016 / 7:45 am

    hi,,,i am having hemmoriods, can i consume sabja seed water with empty stomach daily and does it helpful to reduce my weight????????????

  124. Bhanu Polisetty
    December 9, 2016 / 7:50 am

    hi madam,,,i have piles inflammation, does sabja seeds increase inflammation of piles, if it is not effected on piles i ll consume it for my weight loss,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 10, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      Sabja seeds have anti inflammatory properties and in addition, it also prevents constipation. You can consume sabja seeds for weight loss…..

  125. Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Hi ramya my mother has stomach Abdominal pain due to gas problem can she consumed sabja seeds pzl advice on this ?..thank you.reg jude,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2016 / 7:26 am

      In my personal experience, sabja seeds never cause bloating or gas troubles if had in moderation. I would suggest consuming sabja seeds but in moderation….

  126. Syeda Sabah
    January 6, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    My sister has vitiligo so is sabza good for her ? Or harmful?Please helpThanks in advance

  127. Syeda Sabah
    January 6, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Is sabza useful in vitiligo or harmful ?Please help Thanks in advance

  128. Syeda Sabah
    January 6, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Is sabza helpful in vitiligo or harmful?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 11:47 am

      As far as I know sabja seeds does not have any effect on vitiligo

  129. veeru see
    January 8, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Hi madam sabja seeds with lemon juice is good for men or not and is their any side effects to men's reproductive system or not

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Men can consume sabja seed with lemon juice and it will not have any side effects at all for fertility…

  130. sharan
    February 2, 2017 / 10:29 am

    hi mam … when we take these seeds which are any related to infertility?????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Usually tulsi seeds (holy basil) are confused with sabja seeds and since holy bail has anti fertility properties many think sabja seeds also have anti fertility properties. But sabja seeds are not from holy basil, it is got from Thai basil so it does not have any effect on fertility…

  131. Otra Teju
    February 22, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Hello Ma'am, can a thyroid patient consume sabja seedsMy sister suffering from hyper thyroid BCOS of that she got kidney stones

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 11:31 am

      She can consume sabja seeds, sabja seeds dos not have any drug interactions with thyroid medications. It will actually help with weight loss…

  132. Anonymous
    March 4, 2017 / 5:17 am

    Hi, RamyaI am safring for Hypothyrodism last 8years and over weight.Can i use this basil seeds. How to use that, Please help me out?Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 11:25 am

      You can use basil seeds and as far as I know it does not interact with thyroid medications. I would suggest consuming it along with fruits after soaking sabja seeds. It will keep you fuller for longer periods of time…

  133. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Hi,I'm Ravi Kiran,I got an information that we can consume soaked seeds in empty stomach or when we Wakeup in the morning to reduce weight. Which we soaked night.Is it fine…….?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Sabja seeds are very effective for weight loss as it is keeps us satiated for long periods of time. This is because it is rich in protein and is full of fiber. For best weight loss results, follow a good diet and exercise regularly along with consuming sabja seeds….

  134. Sujata More
    April 6, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I drink green coffee is it okay to have basil seeds after having green coffee please answer on sujatam04@gmail.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Hi Sujata, Sabja seeds are rich in iron and consuming it along with coffee will hinder the absorption, I would suggest consuming it separately…

  135. sona
    April 17, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Hi Ramya, my baby is 4y old is it safe to give her sabja water? Sabja with water as well….

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2017 / 9:38 am

      You can give sabja seed water to a 4 year old, it is full of nutrients and will keep her satiated for along time. Start with 2 tsp of soaked sabja seeds….

  136. Anonymous
    May 10, 2017 / 11:21 am

    hi ramya is chia seeds and sabja seeds same

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 10, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Chia seeds and sabja seeds are different, I will be a doing a post about chia seeds very soon…

  137. Unknown
    June 1, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    HI! read your previous comments. the answers were helpful. I am having heat boils on my head since yesterday. I think its v=because of extreme heat outside and also body heat. Will consuming sabji d=seeds help? How much should i consume?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      You can consume sabja seeds to reduce body heat. I would suggest starting with 1 tsp of sabja seeds, consume it mixed with gulkand and milk……….

  138. mounika pakala
    June 16, 2017 / 6:50 am

    How to get rid of piles with sabja seeds

  139. mounika pakala
    June 16, 2017 / 6:54 am

    How to get rid of piles with the sabja seeds

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 16, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Sabja seeds are rich in fiber so it prevents constipation if we include it daily in our diet…

  140. siva kumar
    July 26, 2017 / 2:04 am

    hi madam can i take sabja seeds early morning empty stomach??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 28, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      You can consume sabja seeds in empty stomach…

  141. Anuradha Guda
    August 1, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Great information and presented so well. All your posts are so motivating. I wonder how you can write so well and still stay connected to a village. Thanks you.

  142. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Does it aid Hermoroids?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 10, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Sabja seeds are high in fiber so it greatly prevents constipation but it does not treat hemorrhoids…

  143. vishnu
    November 22, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Hai Ramya sabja is useful for reduce stomach? Plz tell me how to use to reduce stomach by using sabja. Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 23, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Sabja seeds are rich in protein and fiber so they keep us fuller for long periods of time thus reducing the overall calorie intake which leads to weight loss. You can consume a tbsp of soaked sabja seeds mixed in low fat milk daily for weight loss. But consuming sabja seeds alone will not help in reducing stomach fat, excersice and a healthy diet is also necessary to see results…

  144. naveena p
    February 28, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Can we take basil seeds in periods time??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 15, 2018 / 10:33 am

      You can take basil seeds during periods time. Since it is very high in protein, it is a good ingredient to include in our diet…

  145. Unknown
    April 15, 2018 / 7:35 am

    Hiii dear can we long hair with sabja seeds….plz guide me the process to get long n thick hair ….Way to eat sabja ..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 15, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Sabja seeds | Tukmaria seeds are high in protein so consuming it daily will help in hair growth. Soak sabja seeds in boiling hot water for 10 minutes, strain and let cool completely. Now add it to cows milk or if you are vegan you can use any plant based milk like almond milk. Sweeten with rose petal jam or any sweetener you prefer and consume daily…

  146. Anonymous
    April 20, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Thanks for the information shared

  147. Unknown
    April 22, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Jundice k mareez k liye kaisa Pi Sakte hain?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 23, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      I am sorry, I don't know what effect sabja seeds have over jaundice patients as I have not come across any study regarding it nor do I know of anyone who consumed sabja seeds while having jaundice…

  148. Swati
    June 5, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    hi.. does subja bee have expiry date?? I had bought it 2-3 years back. but didn’t use. Can I use them now?

    • Rampriya (Wildturmeric)
      June 6, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Hi Swati, Sabja seeds like most seeds last a long time, as far as they don’t clump together and have worms (which is what happens when sabja seeds get spoilt), it is good to use….

  149. Sravani
    June 23, 2021 / 2:52 pm

    Hi ramya mam…I’ve been using sabja seeds from more than one year now…I’ve seen good results in hair initially..but now I feel like my body got used to take sabja seeds and im facing severe hairfall now… whether I should give a break or something so dat the body doesn’t get used to sabja seeds..pls guide me ..but I want to take sabja seeds life long and get maximum benefits like I got from consuming them initially

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