Fun Facts: Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum. Over 150 varieties
Constituents: volatile oil - mostly methylchavicol and linalool, methyl cinnamate, cineole, and terpenes.
Uses: (Disclaimer) Stress and anxiety, indigestion, flatulence, stomach aches, colic, nausea and vomiting. Some claims it's useful for bug bites. It's more commonly used in food (soup - Pho, spaghetti, etc)
Editor Experience: Basil is super easy to grow. It can be grown indoors next to a window or outdoors in full sun. If you grow it in your garden, you will get plenty of new plants come spring. I've mostly used basil in soup, spaghetti, etc. I love the smell of basil. Now that I have a dehydrator, I'm going to try having it in tea. I've read that it's a great herbal remedy for migraines and headaches, and sinuses.