Basil, Thai Basil, or Sweet Basil, is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum of the family Lamiaceae, sometimes known as Saint Joseph's Wort. It comes from India and Iran, but nowadays it is cultivated in many other regions all over the world. In Greece, it is one of the most common domestic plants. Its dried leaves are used as a seasoning and as a decoction. They contain an essential oil, the main components of which are linalool and methyl charicol, which is used in perfume making. Basil is used as a herb, as it is believed to be a good diuretic and to offer relief from stomachaches and headaches. In antiquity, pulped leaves of basil were used as a compress after the bite of an insect, a scorpion or even of a snake. The basil extract is beneficial in cases of stomatitis and herpes type 1 (oral herpes). It is also recommended for migraines, headaches, nausea and nausea because of pregnancy. The essential oil of basil is extracted from the whole plant; it is almost transparent, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. It affects almost all body systems. It invigorates the nervous system, it fights stress and mental tiredness, and it helps concentration. Additionally, it eases coughing and colds. Basil is commonly used fresh in cooked recipes, but we can also use dried leaves. It tastes somewhat like anise. It flavors casserole dishes, salads, boiled dishes, soups and tomato sauces. In general, it is added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the flavor. In the Italian cuisine basil is the main ingredient of the pasta sauce pesto. The dried leaves can be kept in tightly closed glass jars or in the freezer. the main components of basil are: vitamins A, B, C and K, iron, calcium, fibers, manganese, tryptophan, magnesium and potassium.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: EGYPT
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