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BASIL
(Ocimum basilicum)

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BASIL (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil

DESCRIPTION: Basil is a very popular herb that is typically found in home organic gardens. Choose fresh organic basil over its dried form since fresh leaves carry essential oils and therefore, superior in quality and flavor. Basil leaves should be free from dark spots and yellowing. Dry basil leaves and seeds can be found in these stores. However, sun dried as well as radiation-treated basil leaves may contain significantly decreased concentrtions of essentil oils, vitamin-C and carotene levels. Known as the "holy herb" in many cultures throughout the world.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Basil is used as a stimulant in cases of collapse or fainting. Basil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties which makes it useful for coughs and in extracting poisons when there has been a wasp, hornet or venomous bite. Basil contains the vitamins, Vitamins A, D, and B2. Basil also contains tons of the following minerals: calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: None known at this time.

PARTS USED: Leaves

GENERAL USAGE: Basil has been used for insect and snake bites, colds, headaches, indigestion, respiratory conditions, coughs and intestinal worms.

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