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Basil


Also known as: 

Thai basil, Sweet Basil

Description: 

Basil is originally native to India.  The  scientific name for the culinary herb is Ocimum basilicum, of the family Lamiaceae, sometimes known as Saint Joseph's Wort in some English-speaking countries. Basil was also used to embalm Egyptian mummies. The leaves are highly aromatic and has a pleasant spicy odour. Most of the basil varieties are grown as ornamental plants. In Italy this plant is considered as a symbol of love.

Commonly used in: 

Basil is commonly used fresh, in cooked recipes. Both the leaves and their essential oil are used as flavouring agents. Basil leaves have high medicinal value.

Health Benefits: 

Reduce inflammation and swelling. They are rich in antioxidants. Basil has properties that can help prevent the harmful effects of aging. Basil boosts the immune system.