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Ocimum asilicum is called Great Basil and is a popular culinary herb of the Lamiaceae family. Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. There are many varieties of Basil, but the type used commonly as a flavour is typically called Sweet Basil or Genovese Basil. This aromatic perennial grows 20-80cm tall .
In folk remedies, Basil was used for ailments like nausea and bug bites.As a traditional medicinal plant, Basil has been used for the treatment of headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms and kidney malfunctions.
Some historical societies praised Basil as “kingly” and even considered it a token of love for the dead. It was cherished in India by those who practiced Ayurveda and was often used in tonics and salves. Today, basil is found on nearly every cook’s spice rack and is enjoyed fresh in pesto sauce, pasta dishes and more.
Depending on the species, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. Basil leaves are high in vitamin K, which helps blood clot. It acts principally on the digestive and nervous systems, easing flatulence, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion. It’s also known as a powerful adaptogen or an anti-stress agent.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Basil to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & Contraindications:
High intakes could interfere with blood-thinning drugs, such as Warfarin. People taking blood pressure-lowering drugs or diabetes drugs should use caution with basil supplements since they may lower blood pressure and blood sugar.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.