House of Chay
Vietnamese Shiso 0,1 kg
Shiso leaves, seeds and stems are widely used in traditional medicine practices to alleviate nausea and vomiting symptoms, treat abdominal cramps, food poisoning and infections and provide relief for cough and headaches. In addition to its culinary use, the plant seeds and leaves are also the sources of two healthy oil varieties of growing popularity: perilla seed oil and perilla leaf oil.
The shiso plant is very similar in appearance to the stinging nettle, with beautiful bright green, serrated leaves, yet considerably rounder in shape. Another variety, the red shiso, has red-purple leaves and stems as a result of powerful anthocyanin pigments, compounds that occur naturally in the plant and boast potent antioxidant properties.
The weed-variety can be easily distinguished from the edible shiso by its lack of fragrance. As far as its health benefits are concerned, the shiso plant boasts rather impressive antioxidant and antiviral properties. For instance, the red-purple pigment in red perilla leaves and stems is indicative of shisonin, a strong antioxidant anthocyanin and an aromatic compound with multiple beneficial health effects.
Aside from being an aromatic herb, shiso boasts a strong antioxidant activity, meaning it protects our cells from damage caused by reactive oxygen molecules called free radicals and helps prevent chronic disease and delay aging.