Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) is a fragrant herb belonging to the Lamiaceae family
And native to India, Asia and Africa but is now grown and consumed all over the
World. Basil plant normally grows up to 1-2 feet in height and has round leaves
Which sometimes have ruffled or pointed edges? The leaves are typically green in
Color, although some varieties have a speck of red or purple. Basil plant is
Strikingly similar to the peppermint plant, which is not surprising as they belong to?
The same family. There are over 60 varieties of Basil, all of which differ somewhat
In appearance and taste

Basil is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Essential oil present in its leaves
Has demonstrated the ability to inhibit several species of pathogenic bacteria that
Have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs. Basil leaves can be
Rubbed on insect bites to pr event itchiness and rashes. It is considered as an
Anti-inflammatory food source and can provide relief for individuals with
Inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel
Conditions. Tea made by infusing Basil leaves can help in relieving digestive
Disorders. It is a good source of Vitamin A, iron, calcium and magnesium, all of
Which promotes cardiovascular health.

Basil leaves also offer a unique benefit – essential oil derived from these leaves
Can be used as an insect repellent. It can also be used in massage oil to aid in
Depression or anxiety.

The highly fragrant Basil leaves are liberally used to season a variety of dishes.
This herb is largely used in Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian cuisine. Fresh
Basil leaves add a delicate flavor and aroma to sauces, gravies, sandwiches and

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