Posted November 26, 2012. The antioxidants and volatile oils in basil make it great for the immune system. Basil leaves and oil both have antibacterial properties. And the essential oil of basil can inhibit the activity of an enzyme which causes swelling in joints and bones. Aspirin and ibuprofen work in the same way by blocking the same enzyme, but basil is a powerful anti-inflammatory food that can heal and give relief for arthritis, without destroying your stomach like ibuprofen can. I add handfuls of fresh basil to my food. I just planted some basil seeds to grow seedlings to plant outside. Burpee has organic, non GMO seeds, as does Botanical Interests. I just planted a bunch of Botanical Interests basil seeds. I’ll let you know how they do! Meanwhile, enjoy some organic basil today! Recipes coming soon… you can juice basil too.