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** The essential oil in basil is thought to possibly
cause cancer in EXTREMELY large doses. This, again, is the oil, extracted from the plant, so just don't use that if you can find it anyway.
Rub some crushed leaves on a bug bite. Steep a cup of boiling water with 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried basil for 10 - 15 minutes and drink it once or twice a day.