Basil, also called great basil, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae. Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant, and is used in cuisines worldwide. Dried Basil is good for the respiratory system and can be consumed as herbal tea with or without other herbs. It can also be used to treat throat and nose infections. Basil tea, made with dried basil helps recover from problems like dysentery, nausea and sooth stomach aches.