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Ocimum basilicum

Ocimum basilicum

Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Main action: Antispasmodic and carminative

Also called royal herb, it has many beneficial properties for health, which are due to the medicinal substances contained in it. Iron, folic acid, potassium, zinc, copper, essential oil, camphor, vitamins B and C are only part of the amazing chemical composition of the plant. The herb is well known for its calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, successfully reducing stress hormones and soothing conditions of ulcers, gastritis, stomach pains or gas. The herb helps the digestive processes and the faster processing of food from the intestines. It acts as an immunostimulator and is a strong antiseptic, contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps the body to build a protective barrier and prevent the entry of bacteria. Basil has a strong diuretic effect and serves as a prevention of kidney and genitourinary problems. It also helps oxygenate the cells, which improves blood circulation and can relieve headaches.

Widespread: It is grown in gardens all over the country. Native to tropical and subtropical Asia.

Content: An essential oil that contains methylcavicol, L-dimalol, sagenol, cinsol, methylcyanamide, etc. When basil oil is cooled, basilic camphor and terpinic acid are released.

Drug used: Aerial part (Herba Basilici)