[En-Es] Ocimum basilicum

Greetings Hive friends and Petals community. Today I am going to tell you about a plant of Asian origin that is easy to propagate, has medicinal and nutritional properties, and is also very pretty.

Saludos amigos de Hive y comunidad de Petals. Hoy les voy a contar sobre una planta de origen asiático fácil de propagar, con propiedades medicinales y nutricionales, y, además, muy bonita.


It is Ocimum basilicum or, as it is popularly known, basil. It is a perennial herb, that is, lasts more than two years, but it is cultivated as an annual. It grows as a sub-shrub and has a pleasant mint and camphor fragrance.
It is considered in India as a sacred plant, it is also used in cooking and as a mosquito repellent.

Se trata de Ocimum basilicum o, como se le conoce popularmente, albahaca. Es una hierba perenne, es decir, dura más de dos años, pero es cultivada como anual. Crece como subarbusto y tiene una agradable fragancia a menta y alcanfor.
Es considerada en la India como planta sagrada, también es usada en la cocina y como repelente de mosquitos.


It has naturalized in other regions of the world, coming to be considered invasive due to the ease with which it spreads. It has essential oils of diverse composition, which give it its characteristic fragrance.
Among its components is eugenol. Phenolic derivative widely used in dentistry and also found in cloves.

Se ha naturalizado en otras regiones del mundo, llegando a considerarse invasiva por la facilidad con que se propaga. Tiene aceites esenciales de diversa composición, que le confieren su fragancia característica.
Entre sus componentes se encuentra el eugenol. derivado fenólico muy usado en odontología y que se encuentra también en el clavo de olor.


It has bactericidal properties and is also used to repel pests in home gardens. Basil varieties that taste and smell of anise and citrus are used in Thai cuisine (Ocium basilicum, variety thrysiflora, and Ocimun africanum, a hybrid of O. basilicum and O. americanum, respectively).
In India it is called Tulsi and laboratory studies have been conducted whose results support the theory that plant extracts protect against ionizing radiation and prevent cataracts.
Many homes in India have small basil groves, which are considered sacred.

Tiene propiedades bactericidas y es usada también para repeler plagas en huertos familiares. En la cocina tailandesa se emplean variedades de albahaca que tienen sabor y olor a anís y a cítricos (Ocium basilicum, variedad thrysiflora, y Ocimun africanum, híbrido de O. basilicum y O. americanum, respectivamente).
En India es llamada Tulsi y se han realizado estudios de laboratorio cuyos resultados avalan la teoría de que los extractos de la planta protegen de las radiaciones ionizantes y previenen las cataratas.
Muchos hogares en la India tienen pequeños bosques de albahaca, los cuales son considerados sagrados.


"Ocimum" is the Greek name that Theophrastus and Dioscorides gave to the aromatic herb.
"Basilicum" is a Latin word originating also from the ancient Greek "basilikon", which means "royal plant" or "majestic". According to the plant identification app "Picture this", basil symbolizes assistance.
There are those who prepare infusions with its leaves and drink them instead of coffee.
As with many other plants, the use of basil for medicinal purposes should not be indiscriminate, but should be done with caution and preferably under medical supervision.

"Ocimum" es el nombre griego que le daban Teofrasto y Dioscórides a la hierba aromatica.
"Basilicum" es una palabra latina originada también del griego antiguo "basilikon", que significa "planta real" o "majestuoso". Según la aplicación de identificación de plantas "Picture this", la albahaca simboliza asistencia.
Hay quienes preparan infusiones con sus hojas y las beben en lugar de café.
Como ocurre con muchas otras plantas, el empleo de la albahaca con fines medicinales no debe ser indiscriminado, sino que debe realizarse con prudencia y preferiblemente bajo vigilancia médica.


All the images were made by me with my Xiaomi Redmi 9C smartphone.

Todas las imágenes fueron realizadas por mi con mi teléfono inteligente Redmi 9C de Xiaomi.


For more information on ocimum basilicum I consulted Wikipedia articles and the Picture this application.

Para ampliar información sobre ocimum basilicum consulté artículos de Wikipedia y la aplicación Picture this.


Thank you!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this article.

Muchas gracias por detenerse a leer este artículo.


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