Ocimum basilicum

Indonesian: Kemangi
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • (unranked): Angiosperm
  • (unranked): Eudicots
  • Order: Asparagales
  • Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
  • Genus: Ocimum
  • Species: basilicum
  • Basil is non-toxic
  • has antibiotic properties
  • likes a lot of water and part sun


Plant Overview

Basil is a common plant that we use in are kitchens. Basil is good for many minor ailments. Grown originally in Asia and the Middle East. It is traded in the spice trail for over 5000 years.

The main use of basil medicinally is as a natural anti-inflammatory. The chemicals within basil are related to oregano and medical marijuana. Naturopathic Doctors recommend Basil to help cure diabetes, respiratory disorders, allergies, impotence, and infertility. This is probably because basil contains cinnamanic acid, which will help stabilize blood sugar.

Taken From Wikipedia

Ocimum basilicum (/ˈæl/ or /ˈæl/) is a succulent plant species that is found only in cultivation, having no naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.[3] The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. Extracts from A. vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties. There is, however, little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Ocimum basilicum extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes, and what positive evidence is available is frequently contradicted by other studies.[4][5][6][7]

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