Parts Used & Where Grown
The leaves of basil and its many close relatives are used as medicine. The seeds are also used medicinally in India and Southeast Asia. Though it originates on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, common basil now grows in gardens all over the world. Three important relatives with similar properties are Ocimum canum (hairy basil), O. gratissimum (basil), and O. sanctum (holy basil).
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|Take as tea (2 tsp in 2 cups of water), or as a tincture or capsules (follow label instructions)||[2 stars] |
Basil seed has been found to relieve constipation by acting as a bulk-forming laxative in one preliminary study.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
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Basil is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Basil has been a culinary herb in Europe and Central Asia since before the written word.1 In India the seeds were used for diarrhea, mucous discharges, constipation, and as a general demulcent (soothes mucous membranes);2 the leaves were used for indigestion and skin diseases. In traditional Thai herbalism, the plant is used for coughs, skin diseases, and intestinal problems. The seed is used as a bulk-forming laxative and diuretic.3
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