Basil is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). Basil is used in cuisines all over the world. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. Basil is used as a fresh herb in recipes all over the world. It is an essential ingredient in many Italian dishes. Basil is also used to create perfumes, household cleaners and in dental-care products. Basil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. It helps prevent diabetes. It is used to reduce pain and fever, combat stress, and boost the immune system. It fights cancer and protects blood vessels and liver.

1 cup of fresh basil
calories 2
manganese .24 mg (12% DV)
vitamin A 56 mg (24% DV)
vitamin C 4 mg (8% DV)
Vitamin K 88 mg (108% DV)
Sources: Wikipedia / Dr. Axe