The Ocimum basilicum plant produces Basil Essential Oil. Thanks to the strong and spicy aroma it exudes, basil essential oil is commonly used to further enhance the taste of a dish. Other than its culinary use, basil essential oil can be used to treat different infections and wounds. It also has a calming agent that helps fight inflammations, treat nerve and muscle disorders, and reduce adrenal fatigue. The oil can also be used topically for refreshing the mind and relaxing tired muscles.
Historically, basil was used for antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic purposes. Italian women have also been known to wear basil as a way of attracting suitors.