Basil (Ocimum basilicum) can be relaxing to muscles, including smooth muscles (those not subject to our voluntary control, such as the heart and digestive system). It may also be used to soothe insect bites when applied topically. Beneficial for mental fatigue, basil may help stimulate and sharpen the sense of smell.
Basil is considered one of the most important and highly used herbs in the culinary world and is popular in the cooking of many types of cuisine.
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Basil General Information
There are over 150 varieties of Basil grown around the world for their distinctive flavor and essential oil. This herb has been around since ancient times; however, its uses were varied. Some cultures thought Basil brought on hatred and misfortune, while other regarded it as a love token. Pliny, an ancient Grecian, recommended smelling Basil in vinegar for fainting. In India, Basil is one of the most important plants, second only to lotus. Haitian merchants have been known to sprinkle their toes with it to ward off bad luck and attract buyers. Medicinally, it has antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, febrifuge, diaphoretic, nervine, antibacterial, expectorant, appetizer, and carminative properties.
|Basil Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Basil is most useful with the stomach and its related organs. It can be used for vomiting, nausea, constipation, menopause, and enteritis. This herb helps to stimulate the appetite, and relieves indigestion, cramps, colic. It also increases the flow of breast milk. Basil improves blood circulation, relieves gas pains, and is used as an aid for indigestion. Basil tea can reduce a fever, colds, flu, coughs, sinusitis, and stomach cramps. It is sometimes used to treat whooping cough and headaches. This herb can use used for treating nervous irritability, tiredness, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The leaves can be rubbed on insect bites and hives.
|Basil Dosage Information
Basil comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. To prepare in infusion, steep 1 tsp. dried herb in 1/2 cup water. Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups a day, a mouthful at a time. Can be sweetened with honey if using for a cough. Seek the advice of a healthcare provider or herbalist if using the oil internally to treat your condition. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.
|Basil Safety & Interaction Information
Basil is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses; however, Basil oil is not to be used externally or internally in pregnancy.