(latin: Ocimum basilicum)

Popular names:

Thai basil, or sweet basil


The name "basil" is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means "royal," reflecting that ancient culture's attitudes towards an herb that they held to be very noble and sacred. Basil grows between 30–130 cm (12–51 inches) tall, light green and silky leaves 3–11 cm (1.2–4.3 inches) long. Commonly know for its culinary uses in a variety of dishes, usually fresh (best effect and aroma) in cooked recipes.

Health benefits:

anti-astmathic anti-bacterial anti-cancer anti-diabetic anti-inflammatory dna-protection

Medicinal uses:

Recently, there has been much research into the health benefits conferred by the essential oils found in basil. It is traditionally used for supplementary treatment of stress, asthma and diabetes in India. Used for stomach problems (1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water), for coughing and colds, facial steam for headache (a tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot) and also ear infections.

This page is for informational purposes. It may rely on scientific studies but it isn't scientific as a whole. Do not use any treatment before consulting a phisician; if you do use any herbal plants don't over abuse them (even water in large quantities is bad for the body). Extra precaution during pregnancy and breastfeeding !