Of all the herbs and spices you can choose for flavour, there are some that are more powerful than the rest. You will be surprised to see the many conditions for which they have proven useful. I will introduce and discuss 15 of these herbs and the benefits over the next few days.
Basil is an herbal carminative; it can relieve gas and soothe an upset stomach one possible explanation for its calming effect is the compound called eugenol, which has been shown to help ease muscle spasms. Studies also suggest that compounds found in basil may help disrupt dangerous chain of events that can lead to the development of cancer.
Basil has an aniseed flavour. Its most famous partnership is with ripe tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.There a various kinds of basil, all worth exploring.
Basil is also a favourite flavouring in South-East Asian cookery, appearing in curries, soups and noodle dishes.