Exotic Basil

Latin Name

Ocimum basilicum

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Estragol

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Antispasmodic. Digestive tonic; helps evacuate gas. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Antiviral and antibacterial. Brings the nervous system into balance: soothes, appeases, relaxes, relieves stress. A true brain pick-me-up: revitalizes, promotes a sharp mind and good concentration.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

Basil is native to India, where it has been used for thousands of years. Its name comes from the Greek word "basileus", which means "King". Many ancient nations, such as the Romans and the Gauls, considered Basil as a sacred plant that could heal wounds.

Basil has a high mineral and vitamin content, more specifically vitamin K and iron. Although it is used mainly in the kitchen in the form of a fresh or dry plant, it also offers a host of health benefits as an essential oil.