This great culinary herb (also known as Saint Joseph’s Wort) is a relative of peppermint.
It also has many medicinal uses. It contains flavonoids, which protect the body at a cellular level.
Its volatile oils help to protect against the growth of bacteria and contain anti inflammatory properties.
It is known to assist with cardiovascular health, to assist with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and respiratory disease. It is high in antioxidants and is claimed to assist with anti-aging. It is high in Vitamin K which is important for blood clotting.
Studies are being done on its effectiveness for diabetes.
The essential oil may be useful in treating wounds due to its antibacterial actions.http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=17246&picture=basilic