Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum

Botanical Name:
Ocimum Basilicum

Basil plant with edible leaves

Family:

Mint

Appearance:

Basil is a leafy plant, green with several distinct physical traits that make it distinctive. An annual culture species, known as the plant of worship in Orthodox culture but also as a medicinal and spice plant.  Like the branches, the leaves grow in pairs opposite one another. Varieties that grow purple leaves are available.

The leaves of common sweet basil have a glossy green appearance and grow between 2 and 4 inches long and often have a slight curve downward with a slightly bumpy or grooved appearance along the veins. The aerial parts of the plant harvested during flowering are used. The appearance of the leaves is solid and oblong with a point at the end.

Origins:

India

Active Constituents:

  • 0,75% volatil oil
  • 71% eugenol
  • 20% methyl eugenol
  • carvacrol and sesquiterpine hydrocarbon caryophyllene

Healing Properties:

Due to the very rich composition of the volatile oil, it contains, the plant is recommended in gastrointestinal disorders and in respiratory disorders

Volatile oil obtained by water vapour has numerous therapeutic recommendations: external, as an insect repellent and soothing of insect bites.

In the form of aerosols, bronchitis, coughs, for throat and sinusitis.

Stimulator of the immune system in gutture, flu, infectious diseases.

In nervous system disorders is recommended in anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, nervous tension.

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Volatile

Substance that evaporates slightly at ordinary temperatures; volatilizable.

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