Basil Leaves (fresh)

About Basil

Basil is an herb, likely native to India.  It’s been grown for over 5,000 years.  There are roughly 60 different varieties of basil, but they all fall into 3 categories: sweet, purple, and bush.

Nutrition Benefits of Basil

Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs.  It is a good source of Vitamin K and has also had some various research studies conducted that show other beneficial properties.  Basil has a unique array of flavonoids (a category of antioxidants).  Some studies have shown anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cardiovascular benefits associated with Basil.

Tips: Buying and Storing Basil

Buy fresh basil that has nice green leaves – not yellow or dark spots.  We recommend purchasing organic basil.  Many people will just grow basil in their yard or in their home.    For others here are a couple good options:

1.) You can freeze basil! Here’s how: Remove the stems, rinse leaves (careful not to bruise them), dry the leaves, put them in an airtight bag (ie ziplock bag), and freeze.

2.) For keeping basil fresh, do this: treat them like flowers – trim off the base of the stems, put them in a vase/jar/class with water, store at room temperature out of direct sunlight (but still in a lit area).

Can I replace with Basil Essential Oil?

Yes.  If you have a high quality basil essential oil that is intended for oral consumption, you can replace basil leaves with basil essential oil.  We recommend starting with just 1 drop, trying the smoothie, then adjusting to your liking.  Essential Oil is very strong, so you can easily over basil a recipe if you are not careful.

Nutrition Facts

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Basil Leaves (fresh) scores well for 5 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

Recipes using Basil Leaves (fresh)

The Research

Anxiety: Score 94


Basil significantly improves symptoms in generalized anxiety disorder.

Human Studies:

Detoxification: Score 90


Animal: Basil has a protective effect against arsenic induced toxicity. It prevents oxidative damage due to radiation and oxidizing agents. It protects against radiation injury through modulating glutathione and antioxidant enzymes. It protects against mercury induced toxicity. It has significant radioprotective effects against radioiodine-131 exposure. In Vitro: Basil protects against chemically induced genotoxicity, oxidative stress and imbalance in xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes.

Lab Studies:

Diabetes (Type 2): Score 88


Animal: Basil prevents insulin resistance induced through a fructose fed diet.

Animal Studies:

Lung Cancer: Score 84


In Vitro: Basil suppresses lung cancer cell growth.

Lab Studies:

Candida (Fungal Infections): Score 82


In Vitro: It has anti-candidal activity and works synergistically with the drugs fluconazole and ketoconazole.

Lab Studies:

How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.



What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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