Basil is one of the most widely recognized herbs in the world, by scent or appearance. This member of the mint family is excellent fresh or dried in a variety of foods, especially tomato-based dishes. Egyptian basil is particularly good to use for making infused culinary oils.
Although basil is commonly associated with Italian cooking, the plant is actually native to India and tropical Southeast Asia, where the herb has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years.
- Infuse in oil or vinegar for skin preparations, or use a strong infusion as a facial wash and hair tonic.
- Basil tea and vinegar solutions are used in antibacterial surface cleaners and sprays.
- Use alone or in combination with other herbs to season cooked foods and salads. Basil is also used to make flavored oils and vinegars.
- Basil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids.
- Use in bath bags, sachets and incense blends.
- Basil is an ingredient in some of the world’s most expensive perfumes and colognes.
- Do not use in large quantities if you take anticoagulant medications because of the herb’s vitamin K content.
1oz dried Basil