The Greek word for king is basileus
In France is it known as l’herbe royale
When India was under British rule, instead of swearing on the bible in court, Hindus were allowed to swear on holy basil!
Evidently, basil is held in very high esteem around the world and that certainly rings true with us. We grow several varieties including purple, lime and cinnamon and enjoy them in a great many dishes from salads to lasagne to fish and even ice cream.
As Matt squinted only yesterday 'somehow I don't really consider basil a herb, it's more than that'.