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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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