Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum.
Components: Boasting a lovely aroma, the many constituents of basil’s essential oil contribute to this herb’s unique smell and flavor, best known for its contribution to Italian cuisine. A member of the mint family, the dark green leaves are mildly sweet and somewhat peppery.
Overview: Basil may be best known for its contribution to delicious culinary creations, but this glorious green herb offers numerous health benefits due to its high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that fight viruses and infections. Basil is used in various traditional and folk systems of medicine, and is considered a sacred herb in the Hindu religion.
Uses: Dried basil is typically used as a culinary herb. Basil extract is often used to add fragrance to body care products.