Basil’s name is from the Greek basilikohn meaning royal. Its origins can be traced to China and India. Its original purpose was for embalming and taking the poison out of insect bites. Today its properties are so varied it should be considered the super herb. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used as a treatment for diabetes, impotence, allergies, infertility and respiratory ailments. Basil contains natural antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. If you like basil, try our basil bergamot hand wash and hand lotion.