Albahaca-Basil
(Ocimum basilicum) & (O. americanum)
Common Names:
1. Albahaca - (O. micranthum in Honduras and Salvador)
2. (O. basilicum in Guatemala)
3. Balanoi -- (O. basilicum in the Philippines)
4. Chahchabram Chiu Ts'Eng T'A Dama-Kasseh --(Ocimum spp.) in Ethiopia
5. Feslegen Hung que -- (O. basilicum in Vietnam)
6. I Tzu Ts'Ao Lo Le Mreas preou -- (O. basilicum in Cambodia)
7. Msubasha -- (O. Suave) Tanzania
8. Ofgahng -- (Ocimum spp.) in Ethiopia
9. Raihan Al Malik, Raihana, and Rainan Saint Josephwort Selaseh, Selasih, Selaseh hitam, and Selaseh jantan Sweet basil -- U.S. Taibedle -- (Ocimum spp.) in Ethiopia
Introduction and Description (Ocimum basilicum common basil), (O. americanum), and (O. micranthum) are members of the family Lamiaceae. Theseplants, as well as oils from them, have received lots of attention for their potential medicinal properties. Of these plants, O. basilicum is the most widely used. It is used in cosmetics, liqueurs, medicines, and perfumes.
Most Ocimum spp. can be grown and found throughout the world. However, they are
not native to all areas. For example, O. micranthum originated in Central America. It
grows to a height of approximately 50cm. The leaves are oval and slightly toothed,
and the flowers are white or purple. O. basilicum looks very similar, but grows a bit
taller (50-80cm).
Properties of Albahaca-Basil
Stimulant, Removes Cold Sores, useful for persons suffering from shortness of breath, cures humming or ringing of ears and temporary deafness, regulates menstruation, rids the body of certain intestinal parasites, destroys bad odors and macerated in alcohol and rubbed on the body will relieve pain from cramps, twists, sprains, rheumatism and headaches.

To stimulate the body: Make an infusion of 20 leaves of basil to 200 grams of water then drink 3 to 4 cups a day.
For Cold Sores: Boil 40 grams of Basil leaves to 200 grams of water and gargle 3 times a day.
For Shortness of Breath: Boil 12 leaves of Basil in 1/2 liter of water for 5 min., cool, strain, then drink one glass on an empty stomach and one before bedtime.
For Humming or Ringing of the Ears and Temporary Deafness: Crush and Grind some Basil leaves then soak it up with a small piece of cotton the
place in ear, change regularly until symptoms are gone.
To Regulate Menstruation: Prepare an Infusion of 100 grams of Basil leaves to 1
liter of water,then drink 4 cups a day.
To rid certain types of Intestinal Parasites: Boil 10 grams of Basil leaves to 100
grams of water then drink 1 glass daily on an empty stomach.
To rid your home of Bad Odors: Put a couple of Basil branches in the room or habitation you want to get rid of the odor.

For Rheumatic pain, Headaches, twists and sprains: Macerate for 8 days the mixture of equal parts of Basil, Ruta and Rosemary, with this rub on the affected area, day and/or night covering well afterwards.


CAUTION: This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use as a substitute for standard medical treatments. Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently FATAL if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion. We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional. Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!

Back
Taino Images  Taino Crafts  Taino Sites  Taino Culture Cyber Center