Basil is a tender low growing herb, typically characterized by broad oval shaped leaves, with a strong, pungent, sweet smell. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum. However, it is also popular as sweet basil. The plant can be found in various parts of the world today, and a large part of the credit for this goes to its benefits – which exist in plenty.
Basil leaves have been used as spices in culinary since ages. Dried and ground basil leaves contain significant amounts of vitamin K and vitamin A. it is also rich in iron and calcium, and has traces of manganese, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber. Various medicinal properties of basil leaves make them an important ingredient of various herbal remedies. It is also a stress buster, blood purifier and has anti-inflammatory properties. This also helps in relieving the inflammation associated with various ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis and bowel inflammation.