Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is a member of the Lamiaceae/Labiatae family. Today, it is cultivated worldwide. The oil extracted from the aerial parts of the plant as well as the fresh or dried herb can be used for medicinal purposes. Basil is a great source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and. The constituents are methyl chavicol, ocimene, cineole, linalool, estragole, and xanthomicrol. Basil is used in cooking as well as in Indian and Chinese medicine. It has been used for stomach upset, blood circulation, appetite, diuretic, head colds, worms, and as an antiflatulent.