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A Directory of Herbs and their therapeutic properties - Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil is a spicy herb often used in cooking, basil belongs to the mint family.

Used for:-

  • Antiseptic
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • High blood sugar
  • Pain relief
  • Intestinal infections
  • Migraines
  • Gout
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Whooping cough (9)
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety

Parts of the plant used:-
Leaves, flowering tops, essential oil.

Antispasmodic* Carminative* Cephalic* Digestive* Emmenagogue* Expectorant* Febrifuge* Nervine* Stomachic* Diaphoretic* Stimulant* Antifungal* Galactagogue* Aromatic* Refrigerant*

Camphor, cineole, estragol, (or methyl chavicol),eugenol, linalool, pinene

Contains Nutrients:-
Magnesium, Polyphenols, Phytosterols, Monoterpenes, Antioxidants, Calcium

Avoid using basil for medicinal purposes if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you have diabetes, use this herb only in the amounts typically found in foods.
Avoid long-term medicinal use of basil.

Other names:-
Common basil, garden basil, holy basil, sweet basil, arjaka
basil, french basil, garden basil, luole, royal herb, St. Josephwort, tulsi

Basil originally a plant from the Indian sub-continent; is now grown extensively in many other parts of the world and was probably one of the earliest exports from India.
As a herbal remedy, sweet basil is used mainly for the treatment of different disorders of the digestive and the nervous systems,
Basil is used rxtensively in the cuisine of many cultures.


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