In Vietnamese cuisine, basil leaves are often served with everyday dishes to add flavor. However, with its amazing health benefits, this herb is also used to make many different products. Let’s find out the origin, use and application of basil flavor in the article below!


Things you need to know about basil flavoring

1. Origin of basil flavor

Basil (Ocimum basilicum var. Thyrsiflora) is a species of thyme native to Southeast Asia and used as a popular spice in this region. This plant has an aroma similar to fennel and licorice. The slightly spicy and sweet taste of basil will be more apparent when cooked at high heat for a long time.

According to scientists, this plant is native to China and India, but now the tree is widely grown in Asia and tropical and temperate countries in Europe (such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, countries of the former Soviet Union). The basil plant is grown in these countries mainly for its leaves to be distilled into essential oils, medicinally or used in the food industry.

In Vietnam, in the past, basil leaves were only grown to make spices or to accompany daily dishes. After 1975, it was planted on a large scale in some northern provinces to extract basil essential oil for domestic industry and export.

Basil has a very aromatic scent, spicy and cool taste, mainly used to make many pharmaceuticals. This type of basil has glossy, round and oval leaves, a mild flavor but very aromatic, so it is often eaten raw or used as a condiment for pasta, salads, barbecue and pizza.


Basil has a very fragrant, spicy and refreshing scent

The taste of basil is especially suitable for cooking ketchup, pesto sauce, tomato soup, cheese soup, salad dressing. This plant, when grown in Vietnam, has a milder smell than European basil and a slight scent of cinnamon. This leaf is often served as a vegetable in dishes such as vermicelli, Hue beef noodle soup, pho (Southern) pork heart, blood pudding, duck meat, etc.

2. The flavor of mint and basil in daily life

In addition to bringing delicious flavor to dishes, this plant also has many good health benefits for users.

So what is the effect of basil? Find out in the section below!

  • Treatment of fever and cold

In case of high fever, it is recommended to soak basil and cardamom in half a liter of water with a little sugar and milk to help lower body temperature. The juice of this plant has very effective antipyretic properties. You can completely use basil flavoring to make drinking water to both ensure the properties of natural herbs, and quickly and conveniently.

  • Cough treatment effect

If you have a sore throat due to excessive coughing, put some natural basil essential oil in a cup of warm water and gargle with this solution. The role of basil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, so it has a very good cough treatment effect. Basil flavor can be used to replace fresh basil leaves and still ensure the same effect.


Basil flavoring can be used to replace fresh basil leaves and still ensure its use

  • Anti-inflammatory effect

Some studies have shown that basil is less effective than ibuprofen and aspirin but it does not cause any side effects. Therefore, this plant is relatively popular and widely used in folk remedies.

The eugenol component in basil essential oil has been shown to block the activity of the inflammatory enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the body. Therefore, basil can also reduce inflammatory symptoms, which is beneficial for people with arthritis.

  • Antibacterial properties

Basil is effective against harmful bacteria and fungi. Regular consumption of this vegetable helps the body strengthen the immune system and fight the growth of bacteria. Extracts from basil oil also have effective anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties.

  • Headache treatment

Basil is also used to treat headaches and vestibular disorders. Most people take pain relievers to relieve symptoms, but they carry the risk of serious side effects.

So, using basil instead is a safe and effective way to get rid of a headache. In addition, using basil essential oil regularly will help you get a refreshing mind and a healthy body.


Basil flavoring is used in daily life or business

3. Applications of basil flavoring

With an affordable price, you can absolutely find basil flavoring for use in daily life or for business applications. Basil essential oil with a capacity of 10ml costs about 189,000 VND and powder flavoring costs from 500,000 to 650,000 VND for 1kg.

With its distinctive aroma and diverse uses, this type of flavoring is used to produce many different products. Specifically:

  • Basil essential oil: This product is used for massage by mixing with a few drops of essential oils (olive oil, coconut oil …), then massage on the neck, shoulder area to relieve tension. In addition, you can mix basil essential oil with bath water to relax and reduce stress.
  • Aromatherapy: Basil is produced as a fragrant essential oil, used with a diffuser or an essential oil lamp to spread the fragrance throughout the room.
  • Making scented bags: Many businesses have taken advantage of the special scent of basil to make scented bags hanging in the car or wardrobe to help deodorize effectively.
  • Make cosmetics: Basil essence in lotions, masks, cleansers, serums, etc. has the effect of improving aging skin, treating acne and reducing infections. skin, making the skin more elastic.
  • Pharmaceutical applications: With its good properties for human health, this herb is used to produce medicines and functional foods for colds, flu, fever, relieve asthma, bronchitis. , treat infections, treat arthritis, burns, scars, bruises, …
  • Flavoring in the food industry: Basil essential oil is often mixed into smoothies, sauces or salads to increase the rich flavor of dishes. Basil powder can be used to produce canned foods or processed foods such as canned meat, sausages, snacks, instant noodles, porridge, packaged pho,…


This type of flavoring is used to make a variety of products

However, in order for basil flavoring to maximize its flavor and outstanding characteristics, businesses need to find quality input materials. Win Flavor is currently the leading flavoring distributor in Vietnam, specializing in distributing the best quality basil leaf extracts.

The basil line at Win Flavor has different product textures such as powder, liquid, essential oil, suitable for the diverse production needs of businesses. We are committed to importing ingredients directly from countries such as the US, Korea, China, Taiwan, Belgium, France,…, ensuring the full flavor of natural basil.

Synthetic flavors from Win Flavor meet the most stringent standards in the production of food, cosmetics, and consumer products. In particular, the product is easy to preserve and has a long shelf life, so businesses are completely assured of the applicability of flavoring in production.


Synthetic flavors from Win Flavor meet the strictest standards in production

Basil flavor not only enhances the flavor of dishes but also is widely applied in other fields thanks to its diverse uses. If you want to develop F&B, cosmetic or pharmaceutical products from this herb, prioritize choosing the best source of raw materials. To buy basil flavor with clear origin, contact Win Flavor today for the fastest advice!

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