Basil (Ocimum basilicum) also called great basil, Saint-Joseph's-wort or Sabja Seeds, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). It is also called the "king of herbs" and the "royal herb". Basil seeds play a major role in some Southeast Asian cuisines.They are very popular in India, Taiwan and Indonesia, among other areas. Basil Seeds are originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia. It has been cultivated for more than 5.000 years. The black and tear-shaped seeds that many confuse with chia seeds are rich in proteins, carbs, and essential fats and are packed with a good deal of fiber. Interestingly, these seeds of the basil plant contain no calories. Basil seeds are rich in antioxidants, help in controlling diabetes and is also good for your skin.