No herb garden should be without basil. It is one of the most popular and widely grown herbs. This is a herb long associated with love, and a man will supposedly fall in love with a woman if he accepts her gift of basil.
Basil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and excellent for treating small wounds, irritated skin or rashes. Rub fresh leaves on insect bites or rashes to reduce itching and swelling. Basil is also an uplifting herb and taken internally in an infusion, it is good for treating depression and fatigue or to improve concentration. It also eases colds, asthma, coughs and sinus congestion. As an antispasmodic it prevents vomiting and is a good tonic and soother for the digestive system. It strengthens the immune system, reduces inflammation and kills parasites.