Albahaca - (O. micranthum in Honduras and Salvador),
(O. basilicum in Guatemala)
Balanoi -- (O. basilicum in the Philippines)
Chahchabram Chiu Ts'Eng T'A Dama-Kasseh --(Ocimum spp.) in Ethiopia
Feslegen Hung que -- (O. basilicum in Vietnam)
I Tzu Ts'Ao Lo Le Mreas preou -- (O. basilicum in Cambodia)
Msubasha -- (O. Suave) Tanzania
Ofgahng -- (Ocimum spp.) in Ethiopia
Raihan Al Malik, Raihana, and Rainan Saint Josephwort Selaseh, Selasih,
Selaseh hitam, and Selaseh jantan Sweet basil -- U.S. Taibedle -- (Ocimum
spp.) in Ethiopia
Introduction and Description (Ocimum basilicum
common basil), (O. americanum), and (O. micranthum) are
members of the family Lamiaceae. These plants, as well as oils from them,
have received lots of attention for their potential medicinal properties. Of
these plants, O. basilicum is the most widely used. It is used in
cosmetics, liqueurs, medicines, and perfumes.
Most Ocimum spp. can be grown and found throughout the world.
However, they are not native to all areas. For example, O. micranthum
originated in Central America. It grows to a height of approximately 50cm.
The leaves are oval and slightly toothed, and the flowers are white or
purple. O. basilicum looks very similar, but grows a bit taller
Properties of Albahaca-Basil
Stimulant, Removes Cold Sores, useful for persons
suffering from shortness of breath, cures humming or ringing of ears
and temporary deafness, regulates menstruation, rids the body of
certain intestinal parasites, destroys bad odors and macerated in
alcohol and rubbed on the body will relieve pain from cramps,
twists, sprains, rheumatism and headaches.
stimulate the body: Make an infusion of 20 leaves of basil to 200
grams of water then drink 3 to 4 cups a day. For Cold Sores: Boil 40 grams of Basil leaves to 200 grams of water and gargle 3 times a
day. For Shortness of Breath: Boil 12 leaves of Basil in 1/2
liter of water for 5 min., cool, strain, then drink one glass on an empty
stomach and one before bedtime. For Humming or Ringing of the Ears
and Temporary Deafness: Crush and Grind some Basil leaves then soak
it up with a small piece of cotton the place in ear, change regularly until
symptoms are gone. To Regulate Menstruation: Prepare an Infusion
of 100 grams of Basil leaves to 1 liter of water, then drink 4 cups a day.
To rid certain types of Intestinal Parasites: Boil 10 grams of
Basil leaves to 100 grams of water then drink 1 glass daily on an empty
stomach. To rid your home of Bad Odors: Put a couple of Basil
branches in the room or habitation you want to get rid of the odor.
For Rheumatic pain, Headaches, twists and sprains: Macerate
for 8 days the mixture of equal parts of Basil, Ruta and Rosemary, with this
rub on the affected area, day and/or night covering well afterwards.
This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
without prior consultation with your physicianor other natural plant products professional.
Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!