Common Names: St. Josephs Wort and Sweet Basil
Scientific Name: Ocimum Basilicum
Common Uses: A plant with almost limitless uses, basil may also help in relieving headaches and migraines, insomnia and exhaustion, depression and anxiety. Additionally, it is frequently used to treat gastroenteritis, nausea, stomach cramps, gas and nausea. Painful or delayed menstruation. Kidney and Heart Conditions, Oral Infections and Skin Ailments, Respiratory Conditions and Cold Symptoms.
*Warnings: When used in small amounts, basil is unlikely to cause any serious side effects. Medicinal amounts are also thought to be safe for many; however, those with diabetes and those taking insulin or oral diabetes medications should avoid this plant in larger amounts, as it can not only alter the effect of your medication, it may also lower blood glucose levels. Those who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should also avoid medicinal levels of basil, as it contains a natural compound called estragole, which is thought to not only encourage uterine contractions, but may also have cancer-causing properties. Those taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and blood thinners should also avoid larger amounts of this herb, as it may increase the risk of bleeding.