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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.
References in classic literature ?
He pictured to himself with silent amusement the tedious luncheon that he had missed by staying so long with Basil Hallward.
Boom Boom Boom,' says Basil, who brings his Fox Factor to Cardiff this Saturday as part of St David's Hall's Just Kidding series of children's shows.
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh basil, shredded OR chopped in strips
Basil Myers was, as his son David and grandson Anthony lovingly expressed to a packed memorial service gathering, 'an amazing man'.
Fresh basil has a pungent flavor and aroma, described by some as a cross between cloves and licorice.
Audiences can join Basil and his spectacular supporting "class" for an unforgettable lesson in madness, mayhem and mess.
The fox is taking over from Noel Edmunds as host of the cult 70s show but co-star Michael Byers, 28 - who plays Mr Liam - is letting Basil go it alone.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, holy basil is revered as a "rasayana," or an herb that on its own nourishes a person's growth to perfect health and enlightenment.
Basil leaves proliferate when you pinch some off; you can use them to infuse olive oils and vinegars as well as to season food.
Remove from heat, remove bay leaves, and stir in basil.
For contrast and scale, we planted six kinds of basil.
The second chapter, devoted to Basil Velychkovsky, follows a similar pattern as the first, but this time with commendable "colour:" he is not portrayed as a "clothes rack for virtues"--Cardinal Newman's apt critique of typical hagiographies--but instead we are told of his early life, warts and all.