Basil (ocimum basilicum) is a common herb used to garnish salads, pasta and many other meals to add delicious flavor. Thanks to the vitamins and minerals in basil, such as vitamin K and iron, this herb is helpful for combating common ailments. For example, the manganese in basil helps metabolize different compounds in your body. Holy basil, commonly referred to as tulsi, is a specific species of basil that originates from India. It’s considered a sacred plant that is used in teas, ointments and more, to help treat a variety of ailments like fevers and diabetes. This species has a much stronger taste than common basil!


Basil health benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Strong antibacterial properties
  • Rich source of antioxidants
  • Prevents some harmful effects of aging
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling
  • Strengthens bones and liver
  • Boosts immunity
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves digestion

Common uses:

  • Sprinkle as a garnish for dishes
  • Include as ingredient for smoothies

Cinnamon” basil tastes and smells precisely like cinnamon! It’s fantastic. It can be used in the kitchen to bring rich, warm tones to salads, roasted vegetables, teas, and baked goods. It grows in the same conditions as other basils. Consider serving it with tomato chutney or jam-made from peaches or plums. Use it as a companion plant next to tomatoes and other desirable plants; the scent will help keep pests away.

‘Dark Opal,’ ‘Red Rubin,’ and ‘Purple Ruffles’ are a few purple basil varieties that add a fun contrast to a herb or vegetable garden. Purple basils can be used in the same ways as sweet basil and have a comparable flavor. However, their gorgeous, deep purple hue makes for a delicious meal accent.

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is prized for its healing qualities and makes a delicious tea. It has a harsher flavor than sweet basil but is just as nuanced, and it may also be used in cooking.

You must use sweet or “Genovese” basil. Without sweet basil, what is a garden? (It might also be referred to as Italian basil.) Sweet basil functions admirably as a companion plant, much like cinnamon basil, and its leaves and flowers can be used in countless recipes. Since it brings out the flavors of other ingredients, I add it to almost everything in the summer. A lemon basil ice cream is also a pleasure, as is homegrown pesto.

Thai basil comes in a variety of forms. One is “Siam Queen Thai.” “Queen of Sheba” is the person depicted in the top picture. Thai basil often has a strong, warm flavor reminiscent of anise or licorice. It goes well with tofu dishes, fresh vegetables, drinks, and, of course, Asian-inspired cuisine. It also has lovely flowers.

My favorite lemon basil of all time is “Mrs. Burns” basil. For the best refreshment on a hot day, start by mixing it with a glass of cold water, ice tea, or a cocktail. Use it to add bright, lemony touches to any cuisine. To name a few, there are marinades, salads, grains, jams, baked items, grilled foods of all kinds, and pastas.