- The common cold
- Improvement of energy and general health
- Increased blood circulation
- Insect bites
- Kidney problems
- Skin problems
- Snake bites
- Stomach problems
- As an antioxidant
- For protecting the liver
- For treating diabetes; in one study, people with diabetes had lower blood sugar while they were taking holy basil.
Research on animals indicated that holy basil may cause the following side effects:
- Cause low blood sugar
- Promote bleeding
- Decrease fertility
|Fusarium wilt of basil (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilicum)|
Debbie Roos, NCSU Agricultural Extension Agent,
Chatham County, NC.
More detailed information on growing basil can be found in the NC Cooperative Extension publication, Basil Production, AG-477, http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/north-carolina-basil-production-guide.pdf.
7. Clemson University Cooperative Extension. (2015). HGIC 1327, Basil. Retrieved February 22, 2015 from