Benefits: Consuming either the stems pr leaves relieves flatulence, diarrhoea and nausea. Red holy basil in particular helps the stomach digest cholesterol and guards against colic and acute haemolysis. The leaves contain beta-carotine, calcium, iron and phosphorous. Use: Holy basil overcomes strong seafood odours in dishes like the tom yum and poh-taek and the spicy clear soup gaeng pa. It is added to Stir-Fried dishes and the mixture for fishcakes, and can be deep-fried by itself as an accompaniment to other dishes.