While there are many varieties of Basil, all belong to the mint family. As such, it is aromatic and flavorsome. The leafy green herb originates in Southeast Africa and is used in many cuisines around the world, especially the Italian one.
However, aside from pesto and caprese salad, basil has other surprising qualities. For instance, basil in tea is useful for both stress relief as well as soothing migraines and sore throats. Make sure to breath in the steam to treat congestion too.