Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Herbaceous, anisated, spicy, green, vinegary.
Native to Asia, basil is cultivated as a culinary herb in Europe, southern France, Morocco, Madagascar and Reunion.
The plant blossoms between May and September. The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves and the flowers.
Basil enhances the zesty nuance of eaux fraîches. It is also used in fruity chypre notes. In foods, it is used to flavour sauces.
Basil has been used for over 2,000 years. Long ago, young girls used to leave basil leaveson the window sill to attract young men's attention. Medicinal properties Aromatheraphy: refreshing, it has a toning effect on the skin. Eight leaves of basil brewed in water soothes internal aches and pains. In the central region of the Congo, basil leaves are used to fight evil spirits. Basil also has magical properties and brings love and wealth. It is used to exorcise evil.
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