Over 4,000 years ago, the Indians regarded basil as being a sacred herb. Accordingly, its Greek name describes it as a “royal medicinal plant”. It has two colour tones, is a hardy plant, and has a distinctive aroma with pink blossom.
Basil is a source of vitamin A and C, calcium and iron. It has tannins, that stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. Additionally, it soothes migraines, insomnia and anxiety. It is usually used in aromatherapy, due to its calming and invigorating effect, and is also given for depression.
It is the main ingredient for the infamous pesto. Basil is also an aroma infused with cooking oil, marinades and of course, for basil vinegar.