Basil leaves (Cretan Basil)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is perhaps the King of all culinary and medicinal herbs. Also known as Saint Joseph’s Wort, this plant is a native of New Guinea, Southeast Asia, India and China.
Used for more than 5,000 years, the Basil leaves find prominent mention in many cuisines and medicinal treatments alike. The list of health benefits accrued from this plant is very long. It is known to work as an anti-depressant and helps overcome stress.
Basil leaves tea is used for improving memory, fight mental fatigue and regulate hormone production and menstrual cycle. It is helpful in countering the effects of jet lag, as it is effective in combating intestinal parasites, fever, and skin infection. It helps gout and arthritis by stimulating the immune system and lowering the level of uric acid in the body.
Tea decoction made from Basil leaves is also highly beneficial against pain and inflammation especially that which is caused by arthritis because it contains BCP (E-Beta-CaryoPhyllene).
It is also used for treating cough (as an expectorant), bronchitis and other respiratory infections. Basil leaves ground into a poultice are excellent for healing wounds, relieving itching and inflammation from bug bites and even burns owing to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Indicated for: headaches, migraines, helps memory loss.