- Basil is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
- Stomach spasms
- Loss of appetite
- Intestinal gas
- Kidney conditions
- Fluid retention
- Head colds
- Worm infections
- It is also used to treat snake and insect bites.
- Women sometimes use basil before and after childbirth to promote blood circulation, and also to start the flow of breast milk.
- Some people use it as a gargle.
- In foods, basil is used for flavor.
- Basil contains many chemicals. These chemicals might help get rid of intestinal worms. Basil is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
- Basil is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts.
- Basil is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken by mouth as a medicine, short-term. In some people basil can cause low blood sugar.
- The above-ground parts of basil and basil oil are POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine, long-term. These contain estragole, a chemical that might increase the risk of getting liver cancer.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Basil is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Basil contains a chemical, estragole, which has caused liver cancer in laboratory mice.
- Children: Basil is LIKELY SAFE for children in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Basil contains a chemical, estragole, which has caused liver cancer in laboratory mice.
- Bleeding disorders: Basil oils and extracts might slow blood clotting and increase bleeding. In theory, basil oils and extracts might make bleeding disorders worse.
- Low blood pressure: Basil extracts might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking basil extracts might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
- Surgery: Basil oils and extracts might slow blood clotting. In theory, basil oils or extracts might increase the risk for bleeding during surgical procedures. Stop using basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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Source: WebMD, “Basil”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/