The Basil plant (Ocimum basilicum) is native to tropical regions of the world like Central Africa and Southeast Asia. Basil has a long history and has been used for over 4,000 years. In Italian cuisine Basil has been used for centuries in many traditional dishes like pasta. The term "Basil" derives from the Greek word Basilikos meaning 

"royal" or "imperial". Basil was considered good enough for royalty!  


  • Basil is used primarily as a culinary herb to season food. It can also be made into a tea. 

    1. Use Or-Ways Basil to flavour dishes like pulses, grains, salads and stews. 

    2. Experiment! Mix with other Or-ways herbs to find what works best for you!

    To make a tea:

    1. Use a ratio of 1-2 tsp (1-2g) of Basil to 1 cup (250ml) of water. 

    2. Boil the water using a kettle or pot.

    3. Add herbs to a teapot then add boiled water or add herbs to a pot of boiled water (heat switched off).

    4. Cover and allow to sit for 5 - 7 mins then strain and serve. Have 1-2 cups daily.

    5. You can add citrus and natural sweeteners for extra flavour, we do not recommend sugar. 

  • Energy kcals              251

    Energy kj                  1051

    Total Fat                    4.0g

      Of which saturates  0.2g   

    Carbohydrates         61.0g

      Of which sugars      1.7g

    Protein                     14.4g

    Fibre                        40.5g

    Salt                       34.0mg

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