Sacred Basil, Holy Basil

Botanical name - Ocimum sanctum
Family - labiatae

A small plant growing up to 3 feet height. Leaves are effective against scars and black spots on the body. Basil is greatly helpful for its antiseptic action on the face. Whenever our skin suffers from the lack of healthy nutrients dark spots arise in certain parts of our body. In such a situation a concoction prepared by mixing basil, turmeric powder and rose water comes in good use. It adds to the effect of curing the black marks and making our skin natural and healthy. Essential oil of the basil plant is used to refresh the senses and relieve tiredness. Leaf juice is locally applied in ringworm and other skin diseases. Paste of fresh roots is applied over insect and leech bite.