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Basil Plant (Ocimum basilicum)
A common spice, basil plant is cultivated worldwide and found wild in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Traditionally, basil plant is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders.
Basil is said to have antispasmodic, antitumour, appetizer, expectorant (promote mucous secretion or expulsion from the bronchi), carminative (relieves flatulence or gas), antiemetic (prevents Vomiting), galactagogue (stimulates milk secretion), anthelmintic (eliminates intestinal worms), antiseptic (inhibit growth of infectious organisms), analgesic (relieves Pain), and stomachic (improves appetite and digestion) properties (1).
Tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried herb in ? cup water. 1 to 1 ? cups daily by mouthfuls.
For Cough, sweeten with honey or stevia.
In recommended dosages, basil is non-toxic. It does contain a carcinogenic substance called estragole.
Basil may interfere with the absorption of nalidixic acid and the sulfonamides.
It may also interact with CNS depressants and stimulants, but the effects are unknown.
It may have additive effects when combined with analgesics and anesthetics.
Barbiturates may inhibit its activity.
1. Blumental, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.