Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinaryherb 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.
BENEFITS: 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.
USES: 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.