Medicinal Uses of Basil

In Western cultures such as West Africa, India, Japan and China, Basil has been used to help relieve the symptoms of the flu and common cold by helping to reduce fevers, congestion and the common aches and pains of these conditions. The fresh leaves are used as a poultice to help relieve itching, acne, and other skin conditions, including ringworm sites.

Fresh Basil leaves chewed or made into tea can help relieve indigestion and up-set stomach, even helping chemotherapy patients overcome the effects of the procedure.

Powdered dried leaves were used in the Middle Ages as a means to sniff the basil to relieve headaches and nausea.