12. The B list- Herbs and Spices that Heal- BASIL



BASIL: The King of Herbs

Derived from the Greek term  "basileus", meaning Royal

 Found in Egyptian tombs that buried Kings  

The royal herb with superhero powers. 
There are thirty-five various  Basil types.


Why not tag along on this royal Gulzaar Foods journey on the basil discovery route? 


Appearance and Description

  • Green Leaves
  • Belongs to the mint family 

There are various types of basil inclusive of:

  • Lemon Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Curly or Italian Basil
  • Thai basil, holy basil
  • Lettuce-leaf basil.



  • Smell and flavor varies and is dependant on chemical components and essential oils contained. 
  • Clove-like sweetness and pungent 


  1. Mediterranean and Italian, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai cuisine. 
  2. Dried basil, fresh basil or basil that is oil infused adds a dazzling basil flavor and benefit to healthy meals like: 
  • Sautéed vegetables 
  • Sauces 
  • Flavor stews, 
  • Fish and meat 
  • Eggs 
  • Pasta 
  • Dressings 
  • Herbal teas 
  • Flavor liqueurs 
  • Mixed drinks 

BASIL Health Benefits

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-Inflammatory 
Essential oils present in basil include
  1. Citronellol
  2. Linalool 
  3. Eugenol. 
These oils inhibit enzymes, the root of many diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and heart diseases.
  • Fights Cancer 
  • Antibacterial Properties
  • Antimicrobial Properties 
  • Combats Stress 
  • Fights Depression 
  • Cardiovascular Health 
  • Liver Function and Body Detoxification 
  • Alkalize and Digestion Improvements 
  • Natural Aphrodisiac 
  • Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetics prevention 


  1.  J. Janick (ed.), James E. Simon, Mario R. Morales, Winthrop B. Phippen, Roberto Fontes Vieira, and Zhigang Hao (1999). "Basil: A Source of Aroma Compounds and a Popular Culinary and Ornamental Herb. In: Perspectives on new crops and new uses"
  2.  Ambrose, Dawn C. P.; Manickavasagan, Annamalai; Naik, Ravindra (25 July 2016). Leafy Medicinal Herbs: Botany, Chemistry, Postharvest Technology and Uses. CABI. ISBN 9781780645599. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017.
  3. Robin Nelson-Shellenbarger (25 February 2013). Family Herbal Wellness. Booktango. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-1-4689-2481-7Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.





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