Taste aside, there are other reasons to include Basil in our foods:
~It helps to ease stomach cramps, gas, colic & indigestion.
~It can be used to prevent or relieve nausea and helps to kill intestinal worms.
~Sweet Basil has a mildly sedative action and can be useful in treating nervous irritability, fatigue, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
~Traditionally, the herb was used to increase breast milk production.
~Applied externally, basil leaves act as an insect repellent. The juice from the leaves can help relieve insect bites.