A medicinal plant that has long been used in Asia, basil has antispasmodic properties (digestive tract) and is also a nervous sedative. It is used as a condiment in Mediterranean cuisine and is the key ingredient in Provencal "pistou" - a soup made with summer vegetables. There are many different varieties of basil, with a multitude of scents and flavors.
The essential oil, obtained by distillation of the leaves, has relaxing properties. It soothes the body and mind.