Basil is reputed to have amazing antioxidant properties which can protect the body from premature aging, myriad skin issues, and even various types of cancer. It is remarkably high in the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that protect your cell structures free radical damage!
You can find basil oil extract at your local health food store, as it extremely concentrated and works well as a daily supplement in some water. Use some when coming down with a flu or cold, it is a potent anti-mircrobial agent. Basil can also be used as an anti-septic for cuts and scrapes, reducing the likelihood of bacterial infections. Also, by adding basil oil to your salad dressings, you are cleaning your veggies!
It has been touted in the herbal medicine world to be a cure-all. Helping resovle constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion. Kiss cold, flu, asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and sinus infections goodbye. Basil is also extremely high in magnesium, an essential mineral that helps the blood flow relax, inducing a serene state of mind.