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Basil

Ocimum Basilicum

Down to the present day, herbalists have recommended tea made from the leaves of the basil plant for nausea, gas pains and dysentary. Basil's effectiveness as a carminative (a substance that relieves gas) has been established, and research shows that extracts of the plant inhibit organisms that can cause dysentary. Tea made with basil and peppercorns is a folk remedy reputed to reduce fever. A popular culinary herb, basil is easy to grow and dry for storing.

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