Culpepper, an English herbalist from the 17th century, used basil to draw out venom from bites and stings. Basil is thought to remove heat and toxins from the bloodstream, liver, and intestines: in a sense, it rules the fiery basilisk. Basil appears to stimulate then relax the brain and the nervous system. This means that is plays a role in restoring the health of the part of the body hardest hit by stress. Beyond these issues, it has been used on a host of health problems. Symbolized by Mars and Scorpio and associated with the ancient Greek element of Fire, Basil is used in rites to Vishnu, Erzulie, and Krishna. It symbolizes love, exorcism, wealth, protection, the religious holiday Candlemas, and courage in the face of certain danger.
Contains about 0.5 percent essential oil with as much as 85 percent of that made up of estragole and phenol methylchavicol 45%, linalool, eugenol, 1.8 cineole, pinene, camphor, terpinolene, ocimene, mycrene, methyl cinnamate. The herb also contains tannins glycosides, saponin, oleanol and ursolic acid.
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