Formal Name: Ocimum basilicum
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Basil is native to India, Iran, and tropical area of Asia, where it has been grown for at least 5,000 years. Today, it is grown in many areas of the world. The term "basil" originates from a Greek word meaning "king." It is currently a symbol of love in Italy, though some European lore indicates that the herb is a symbol of Satan. Ancient Egyptians believed that basil would unlock the gates of heaven for the dying.

Bodily Functions Basil Assists

Basil is a delicious, healthy herb that has been shown to contain antioxidants, prevent cancer, and fight off viruses and infections.

Foods High in Basil

Basil is frequently used as a key ingredient in a variety of foods. The herb is often used as a flavoring in pasta sauces, particularly pesto. Basil is also commonly found in soups and salads, and makes for a perfect sandwich or pizza topping, especially when combined with tomatoes and mozzarella.

Ailment That Basil Eliminates:
  • Acne and intestinal parasites, worms, warts, and head colds
  • Reduces acne
  • Fights intestinal parasites
  • Alleviates cold symptoms
  • Reduces stress
  • Treats diabetes
  • Treats asthma
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Basil has been shown to act as a carcinogen in rats. However, basil would have to consumed in absurd quantities in order to have a carcinogenic effect on humans. Eaten normally, basil has actually been shown to have anti-cancer properties.