Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

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Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a commonly used spice. The constituent estragole is naturally found in sweet basil and is used in fragrances and flavorings. Although laboratory study has found that estragole may be associated with cancer, human study is lacking.
Laboratory studies have investigated sweet basil for its antiviral, anticancer, and antibacterial effects. However, currently, there is not enough evidence in humans to support the use of sweet basil for any indication.

Related Terms

Alpha-cadinol, alpha-terpineol, alphitolic acid, anise, anthocyanins, apigenin, basil, basil oil, basilimoside, basilol, benzyl ether, bergamotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-cubene, beta-guaiene, betulinic acid, bush, cadinene, caffeic acid, calcium, cassia, cinnamic acid methyl ester, citral, common basil, cyclohexene, dark opal, dried basil, epimaslinic acid, estragol, estragole, eugenol, euscaphic acid, genovese, geraniol, green basil, guaia-1(10),11-diene, hydroxy phenyl ferulate, Lamiaceae (family), lemon basil, linalol, linalool, linoleic acid, linolen, lutein, magnesium, methoxycinnamate, methyl chavicol, methyl eugenol, methylchavicol, methylchavikol, methylcinnamate, methyleugenol, monoterpenes, nepetoidin, Nepetoideae, ocimol, Ocimum, Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum basilicum 'cinnamon,' Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese Gigante,' Ocimum basilicum L. var. Genovese, Ocimum basilicum Linn. var. pilosum (Willd.) Benth., Ocimum basilicum var. citratum, Ocimum basilicum var. minimum, Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens Benth., Ocimum campechianum Mill., Ocimum gratissimum L., Ocimum micranthum Willd., oleanolic acid, oleic acid, phenylpropane derivatives, purple basil, quinone radicals, rosmarinic acid, sesquiterpenes, sterols, sugar-bound monoterpenes, sweet dani cultivar, sweet Thai, Thai basil, triterpene acids, triterpenes, tulsi, ursolic acid, vaccenic acid, vinylcyclohexane, Wild Amazonian basil, xyloglucans, zeaxanthin.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.