The scientific name of basil is Ocimum Basilicum and has the same plant family as peppermint. It came from the Greek word basilikohn meaning royal as this is considered as a sacred and noble plant.
Recommended use: Basil is commonly used as a herbal tea and the leaves are used as seasoning herb for pesto and parmesan cheese.
Benefits: Highly aromatic herb to flavor over salads, dressings, tomato sauces, and pastas. Basil is healthy for the body.