The name Basil originated from the name “Basilica” and it brought to Europe from India.
In India, basil is widely accepted as a mascot against difficulties that can harm fertility, and therefore women tend to cultivate basil gardens around temples. In Italy and France, basil pots are now being grown on the windowsill, to smuggle annoying insects.

The basil earned a place of honor in all the kitchens in the world. It is widely accepted for seasoning pizzas, tomatoes, spaghetti, soups, cheeses, salads, sauces, and many more.

In French cuisine, it is used as one of the ingredients in the Herb de Provence spice mix. In Italy, basil is considered a symbol of love. suitors used to put a branch of basil in their hair to signify their intention to marry a beloved. If the woman chose to accept the suitor, she would place a basil-filled dish on her porch.

Throughout history, basil was used in folk medicine for various purposes. Since the sixth century, it has been used to improve blood circulation and digestion. It’s also been used to calm red eyes and relieve itchy skin.
The basil, which contains antibacterial substances, has also been managed to treat bad breath, to protect against tooth decay and toothpaste, as well as to treat headaches and gases.

It is a rich source of antioxidants and also contains phytochemicals that are considered anticancer.
Also, a 1996 study found that basil helps control blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Nutrition Facts (per 100 grams)

Calories (energy)   23 Cholesterol 0
Protein (grams)  3.15 Sodium 4
Carbohydrate 2.65 Total Vitamin B (mg) 1.444
Calcium (mg) 177 Folic-Vitamin B9 (mcg) 66
Fat 0.64 Vitamin C (mg) 18
Saturated fat 0.041 Vitamin E (mg) 0.8
Dietary fiber 1.6 Vitamin A (mcg) 264
Water 92.05 Vitamin K (mcg) 414.3
Iron (mg) 3.17 Potassium (mg) 64


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