Today, aromatherapists use basil for massage and scented baths. It is also an antidepressant, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant, nervine and carminative.
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More than 150 basil varities are grown worldwide, such as this Thai basil variety. The plant is thought to be native to India and is very popular in Mediterranean cooking.
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This familiar garden basil is great for pesto and preserving. Numerous cultivars are available, each with a different flavor.
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Lemon basil’s sweet citrus flavor is great for potpourri as well as culinary uses with fish and fruits.
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