//SWEET BASIL// This warm, pungent herb works on the LUNG, LARGE INTESTINE, SPLEEN and STOMACH. It is a QI and YANG tonic and also works to warm and circulate the Qi and blood in the body. It helps harmonize the stomach during digestive upset. ▪

//NUTRITION// Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese; a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C; and a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Research studies on basil have shown unique health-protecting effects in two basic areas: basil's flavonoids and volatile oils. Studies are showing results for DNA protection, anti-inflammatory effects, anti-bacterial properties and nutrients essential for cardiovascular health.

//DID YOU KNOW?// There are more than 60 varieties of basil, all of which differ somewhat in appearance and taste. While the taste of sweet basil is bright and pungent, other varieties also offer unique tastes: lemon basil, anise basil and cinnamon basil all have flavors that subtly reflect their name.