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Basil Oil (Ocimum Basilicum) – What It Is And Why To Use It

Origin/History: The word basil is taken from the Greek word Basilicum, meaning “king” or “royal”. It is a fairly small annual herb that typically grows up to 3 feet (1 meter) in height. Basil is a thick-stemmed plant with larger lush, leaves and small, delicate flowers that range in color from white to pink. The color of the Basil plant, stems and leaves can also range in color from a vibrant, radiant green to a deep, dark purple (referred to Dark Opal Basil). This remarkable variation in color can easily be attributed to decades of cross pollination, from which an extremely large number of species, varieties and forms have been born. Today, over 50 species and more than 60 varieties of Ocimum basilicum L. currently exist. This range includes Ocimum suave known as t...[Read More]