This highly aromatic sweet herb has several medicinal uses. It is also
very famous in Italian cuisines. Administered as a flavouring in food and
sauces, dried leaves or an infusion.
It is aromatic with carminative and cooling properties. The part of the
plant that is above the ground is used medicinally.
It is used to treat mild nervous disorders, to lift fatigue, anxiety and
depression. It strengthens concentration and clears the mind.
An infusion of basil is said to be good for obstructions of internal
organs and in stopping vomiting and nausea. It helps in chest infections,
bronchitis, colds and fever
It is used also in delayed menses as a tea, used for digestion and Used
for headaches and migraines and a good insect repellent.
Basil has also been used for various topical applications - as a poultice
or salve for insect bites, acne and ringworm; as a gargle or mouthwash for
thrush; as a bath herb for increased energy; and as an eyewash for tired
The essential oil of Basil is added to massage oils for sore muscles. And
the dried herb was burned as an antiseptic incense.
Mediterranean Basil is one of the most pleasant spices, fresh basil leaves
have a strong and characteristic aroma, which is quite sweet with a hint of
clove. Since the delicate aroma of basil is quickly destroyed by cooking,
chopped basil leaves are frequently sprinkled over cold or warm dishes
The herb complements meat, vegetables, cheese, and egg dishes it is also
gives a sweetscented, minty aroma when crumbled over baked chicken, lamb,
or fish. It blends well with garlic, thyme, and oregano.