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Basil 1 Oz (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil 1 Oz (Ocimum basilicum)

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One ounce, cut and sifted. USDA Certified Organic & Kosher

Basil (Ocimum basilicum), commonly known as sweet Basil or Genovese basil, is a culinary herb with a long and storied history. Believed to be native to tropical regions from Central Africa to Southeast Asia, with may sub species basil has been cultivated for millennia. Historical records show its use in ancient Greece, Rome, and India, where it was valued for its flavor and medicinal properties. In fact, the word basil comes from the Greek word "basilikon" which translates roughly to "royal" or "kingly," reflecting its esteemed status.

Medicinally, basil has been used in various cultures to treat a wide range of ailments. In India, basil tea is a traditional remedy for coughs, colds, and digestive issues. Basil leaves have also been used topically to treat wounds and insect bites. Modern scientific research is investigating the potential of basil to reduce inflammation and blood sugar levels. It's important to note that while basil may have some health benefits, it should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Beyond its culinary and medicinal uses, basil also holds significance in magical traditions around the world. In some cultures, basil is associated with love, protection, and purification. It is sometimes used in love spells or rituals intended to attract good fortune. Basil is also said to possess protective qualities, and some people keep basil plants in their homes to ward off evil spirits

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