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“Basil is rich in polyphenols that drive gut health and general good health by reducing oxidation and inflammation,” says Barry Sears, Ph.D., a leading research scientist in the field of inflammation.
Basil is a culinary herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Although it is estimated that there are 50 to 150 species of basil, most, but not all, culinary basils are cultivars of O. basilicum, or sweet basil.
It is believed that basil has origins in India, but the herb has been cultivated for over 5,000 with its reach spreading to all corners of the globe.
Basil has long been used in culinary traditions, but its history is rich with other uses in society.
IIt was found in mummies in Egypt because the ancient Egyptians used this herb for embalming.
In Greece where it was known as basilikon phuton, meaning magnificent, royal, or kingly herb and was a symbol of mourning.
Basil also has a strong history in ancient traditional medicines like Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of ancient India, in addition to other medicinal herbal traditions.
It was used as an antidote for snake bites, and was believed to give strength during religious fasting.