Basil Materia Medica


Basil has a long history in many parts of the world as a medicinal herb. It is a warming, moistening antiseptic herb which is mildly nervine. Basil is commonly used as an emmenagogue and to relieve nausea, vomiting and headaches. Basil tea, prepared by infusion, can be used by nursing mothers to increase lactation and to exert a carminative effect upon the infant (hence, its usefulness in infant colic). Basil may help stimulate appetite, improve digestion and relieve flatulence and distention. It also has diuretic
properties and is traditionally employed by the Chinese to treat disturbances of kidney function.

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