Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Ocimum basilicum

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Medicinal Use

To relieve sore gums, swish out the mouth often with a tea made from 8 basil leaves in a cup of boiling water. A basil leaf tucked into the mouth over an ulcer and kept there for as long as possible will ease the pain.
:  Internal - Anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, coughs,  
colds, depression, dizziness, exhaustion (nervous), fatigue,
fluid retention, indigestion, insomnia, nausea.
External:  Abrasions, stress related allergies, alopecia, lack
of concentration and confidence, headaches, infections,
insect bites, sinus congestion and infection, sorrow.  

Therapeutic:  

Antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral,
carminative, diaphoretic, digestant, diuretic, emmengogue,  
expectorant, insecticide, stimulant, tonic.  

In ancient times, Basil was used as an antidote for poison. It is also an herbal remedy for diseases related to the brain, heart, lungs, bladder, and kidneys. It is also mixed with borage to make a tea that is used to heighten vitality. Dried leaves are used in a snuff as a remedy for colds.

An infusion of lemon-scented basil was used by the Hindus to ease the symptoms of diabetes.

The leaves of the hairy basil have been used for their anti-asthmatic properties.

While the leaves have been widely used, it is not well known that the seeds have been used as both a laxative and for the treatment of diarrhea.

Basil has also been used in cosmetics as a toning body rub when mixed with coarse sea salt and vegetable oil. When Basil is used in conjunction with wine, it can be used to close enlarged pores when applied directly to the skin. (http://mimi.essortment.com/basilherbplant_plu.htm)