Information on Basil

Latin NameOcimum basilicum
Other NamesSweet basil
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsBulk herb, essential oil.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsNot for long-term use; avoid during pregnancy and nursing in large doses.
Botanical InfoA small bushy aromatic herb which grows up to two feet tall and has opposite leaves, square stems, and small white flowers.
DescriptionBasil leaves are of value medicinally to treat indigestion and nausea, and a poultice has proven to be of benefit to some for acne. Basil has also been used for headache {including migraines}, to promote lactation, and as an appetite stimulant and carminative. In Chinese medicine, it is used for inflammation of the eyes as a wash. Essential oil of basil is used in baths or compresses as a nerve tonic for excess mental activity.
Basil has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion2-3 cups 2-3 x daily
Oil1-2 drops in a cup of herbal tea

Ailments Treated by Basil

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication


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