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Herbal medicine
A bushy annual culinary and medicinal herb that contains camphor, estragol, eugenol, linalol, lineol, tannins, and thymol; basil is antipyretic and carminative, and has been used for abdominal bloating, cramps, diarrhoea, and nausea. It is also grown indoors in southern Europe as a fly repellant.


(Ocimum basilicum, O. sanctum) Herb widely used in Meditarranean cuisine (e.g., pesto). Studies confirm utility in lowering glucose levels; also purported value as an analgesic, antioxidant, and antiulcerative.
[L. basilicum, fr. G. basilikon, royal]

basil (bāˑ·zl),

n Latin names:
Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum sanctum; parts used: leaves; uses: antiseptic, antidiabetic, immune system stimulant, antiinflammatory, ulcers, arthritis, anxiety, flatulence, coughs; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, infants, diabetes, extended usage; do not use with insulin or antidiabetic medications. Also called
common basil, sweet basil, or
St. Josephwort.
basil, holy,
n Latin name:
Ocimum sanctum; parts used: leaves, seeds, root; uses: in Ayurveda, pacifies kapha and vata doshas (pungent, bitter, light, dry), immunomodulation, antistress, antimicrobial, antiasthmatic, anticarcinogen, radioprotective, bronchitis, cold, fever, cough, laxative, stimulant, cardiotonic, indigestion, appetite stimulant; precautions: constipation. Also called
sacred basil, surasa, tulsi, or
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Basil, holy.


finished dressed leather made from sheepskin.
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Some basil varieties that you can grow in your garden
3 VITAMIN K in basil is essential for bone strengthening by helping bone mineralisation.
In 1991, Basil was at our wedding party and I was supposed to be at his almost 8 years later, but for a serious infection that hospitalized our then-3-year-old son.
Basil has a characteristic odor and sharp taste due to the presence of essential oils (Sajjadi, 2006), often referred as "king of herbs".
Serves: 4 Time: 30 min Ingredients For the chicken 2 skinless chicken breast fillets 2 large basil leaves 2 slices prosciutto 1tbsp olive oil 2tbsp Marsala 100ml chicken stock For the basil mash 500g potatoes, cut into large chunks 2-3tbsp milk 1tbsp grated Parmesan 1-2tbsp chopped basil
Stir fry shredded pieces of chicken and basil and serve with rice.
Naim are delighted that our new dealer in the Bay Area, Basil & Co, will be presenting our high-end Super Lumina cables in a 500 Series system at the show.
Basil is low in calories and provides a notable amount of vitamins A, C, and K, and the mineral manganese.
3 THERE are more than 160 different varieties including Indian holy basil, wild basil and lemon-scented basil.
So Basil decided to try the Bahamas, sailed there and stayed for two months, making contacts, and earning big money.
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (sweet basil or Thai basil), sliced in thin ribbons
DECADES AGO, I never thought much about growing basil, especially since that bottle of dried basil in my cupboard seemed to suffice just fine.