Basil is a tender low-growing herb that is prominently featured in Italian cuisine and also plays a vital role in the Southeast Asian cuisines. It is a culinary herb that tastes like anise, with a strong, pungent and sweet smell. Basil is available in many varieties such as sweet basil, Thai basil, lemon basil and holy basil.
Basil blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Lemon, Neroli and Verbena.
It contains b-pinene, myrcene, limonene, cis-ocimene, camphor, linalool, methyl chavicol, y-terpineol, citronellol, geraniol, methyl cinnamate and eugenol.
The oil of basil plant is widely used for the treatment of nervous disorders and stress related headaches, migraines and allergies. It is also used to clear the mind and relieve intellectual fatigue.