Medicinal properties of basil
The mythical basil, scientific name Ocimum basilicum L. belongs to the family of Lamiaceae.
Basil is a herbaceous annual plant that has erect stems that can reach a height of 60 cm.
The leaves are petiolate, oval lanceolate, of very variable size depending on the species as well as the color that varies from intense green to dark green to purple or purple depending on the variety. The leaves are rich in essential oils which give the characteristic aroma.
The basil flowers are normally white or pink gathered in spikes, bilabiated with the upper lip lobed. It blooms from June and throughout the summer.
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In addition to being used in the kitchen for its pleasant aroma, basil is also used for its therapeutic properties: stimulating, exciting, antispasmodic, disinfectant, it also has digestive properties, fights bad breath, migraines, gastric spasms and fatigue in general.
USED PARTS OF THE PLANT
Basil leaves are harvested from spring to summer and flowering tops harvested in summer.
It should preferably be used fresh.
HOW TO USE IT
Basil can be used as an infusion for indigestion, colds, flu, headaches, nausea, abdominal cramps, nervousness, depression.
Gargling with basil infusion relieves sore throats.
Combined with bath water, it tones and perfumes the skin as well as leaving a pleasant scent.
Distilled basil water is used as a skin tonic.
Ingested fresh leaves aid digestion while used as compresses to soothe skin irritations.
In almost all countries of the world, basil is used in cooking for the aroma of its leaves to flavor foods.
Basil was known since ancient times as well as for its aroma also for its medicinal properties so much so that Pliny the Elder himself mentions it in his texts as a plant with aphrodisiac capabilities.
There are no contraindications reported for the use of this plant.
LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS
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