…then happiness and inner fulfillment and a garden of bliss. (56:89)
…husked grain and scented herb. (55:12)

Ocimum spp. Rayhan, Huk, Albahaca, Basilic, Basilic Commun, Basilic Grand, Basilic Grand Vert, Basilic Romain, Basilic aux Sauces, Basilici Herba, Basilici Herba, Common Basil, Garden Basil, Krishna Tulsi, Ram Tulsi, Munjariki, Ocimum basilicum, St. Josephwort, Surasa, Sweet Basil, Vanatulasi, Varvara, Visva Tulsi. ريحان Rayhan, Rayhaan, Raihan, Raihaan, Rehan, or Rihan {rihan, etc. is name for aromatic plants in general but can refer specifically to sweet basil or myrtle}. In Iran it is known as Shahasparam meaning King of Herbs, interesting because it is said to have gotten its name from the same Greek word basiliskos, which means “little king.” It is sacred wherever it grows, especially in India, and associated with protection from magic, witches and is an herb of holy persons especially in Shia countries or populations.

“When one of you is given basil he must not reject it, for it has come forth from Paradise.” Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Al-Tirmidhi,

The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam referred to his beloved grandsons, Hasan saws and Husain saws “as his two sweet basils in this world.”

The Qur’an refers to raybanah, translated as garden of bliss or delight, which is said to be scented like sweet basil. The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, said “Whoever is offered the gift of sweet basil, rayban, should not refuse it, for it is light to carry and has a sweet scent.” Imam Jafar al-Sadiq SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, said “Sweet basil al-huk, is the herb of the prophets, peace be upon them, for it has eight benefits: it helps digest food, it opens what was closed, it gives flavor, it makes food appetizing, it improves circulation of the blood, it protects against leprosy, in fact if it remains in one’s body, it kills the entire disease.”

Basil is a restorative, warming aromatic herb that “relaxes spasms, lowers fever, improves digestion, fights bacterial infection, internal parasite, it is diuretic, antiseptic. Internally, it is used for flatulence, fevers, poor digestion, pain relief, stomach ulcers, nausea, insomnia, influenza, rheumatism, high blood sugar, low spirits, and exhaustion. Basil is used for stomach spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, fluid retention, head colds, warts, and worm infections. It is also used to treat snake and insect bites. Women sometimes use basil before and after childbirth to promote blood circulation, and also to start the flow of breast milk.

Ibn al-Qayyim said that the sweet-scented basil was beneficial for headaches when inhaled, and that it could help to aid sleep, control diarrhea, calm the stomach, and strengthen the heart.

Studies indicate basil is medicinally used successfully for/as:
Anti-adhesion Basil has been shown to make platelets, a component of red blood cells, less “sticky”- a process that may reduce the chance of blood clots forming.
Immune Response A study showed that rats that were given a particular variety of basil, holy basil, had decreases in immune responses to allergens.
Antibacterial Properties Oil of basil has demonstrated strong antibacterial properties, even with antibiotic-resistant types. It has been found particularly effective in killing harmful bacteria found in produce. Basil is rich in rosmarinic and caffeic acid, two phenolic compounds with strong antioxidant properties. Other phytochemicals in basil include orientin and vicerin, flavonoids that protect cells from damage, oils such as camphor and 1,8-cineole, that have antibacterial properties, and carotenoids such as Beta-carotene.

Recent studies have demonstrated that basil has been used for its anticancer properties.*

*The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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