Basil is one of the most popular herbs. Its leaves are oblong, pointed and differ in size and shape from variety to variety (platofyllos - psillofilos basil). It has a strong and intense aroma and is the base for many sauces. It is worth noting that there are more than 60 varieties of basil. In some cultures, basil symbolizs hospitality, while in Italy it is a symbol of love. According to the legend, it was the sweet scent of the herb that helped Constantine the Great and his mother, St. Helena, to discover the True Cross. Its name derives from the Greek basilikohn, which means "royal”. A herd associated with the Greek summer, basil is found in all gardens and homes.

Its presence signifies the coming of summer as it needs high temperatures and plenty of sun to grow.


Basil is widely used in cooking while basil leaf tea is a pleasant drink, which stimulates the stomach and more generally, the body. Basil tea helps digestion, strengthens memory, and soothes the intestinal system. The essential oil extracted from basil is a remedy for stomatitis and herpes labialis (cold sores).

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