EN on Foods

July 2015 Issue

Basil: King of Herbs

The folklore. Basil is the common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum, which is a member of the mint family. Thought to originate from Africa, the herb was domesticated in India, and then introduced to America in the 17th century by way of the English. The name “basil” is derived from the Greek word “basileus,” which means “kingly” or “royal.” Indeed, the herb has been found buried with kings in Egyptian tombs. Throughout history, basil has been used to aid a number of ailments, such as digestion issues, epilepsy, gout, hiccups, impotency, fluid retention, sore throats, toothaches, and snake and insect bites.

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Environmental Nutrition

Get the next year of Environmental Nutrition for just $20. And access all of our online content - how to fight heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and dozens of other diseases - free of charge.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.