Basil is native to India and other tropical areas of Asia. Due to their excellent healing properties, basil leaves strengthen the stomach and facilitate copious perspiration. Basil leaves have antiseptic properties and are hence, used in the treatment of ulcers, cuts and wounds. They help in reducing the pain caused by measles, chicken pox and small pox. A mixture of basil leaves juice and coconut oil can be applied on cuts and wounds to give relief. Basil leaves are effective in curing malarial and dengue fevers. Basil leaves form good germicidal and a natural disinfectant that protects the body against all types of viral and bacterial infections. Basil leaves are effective in alleviating coughing and colds. Basil leaves are used as an ingredient in cough syrups and expectorants and help to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Basil leaves purify the blood by removing toxins. Basil leaf tea helps in controlling blood pressure. Basil leaves contain an antioxidant eugenol that helps in reducing cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks and other cardiac diseases.