Perilla – Lush Green Herb

Perilla is one herb loaded with super benefits and does a lot of amazing healings to all kinds of problems faced by the human population. The herb is considered to be a blessing in most parts of the country.

Perilla, or Shiso, is a genus of annual herb that is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. In mild climates the plant reseeds itself. The most common species is Perilla frutescens var. japonica or shiso which is mainly grown in India and East Asia. There are both green-leafed and purple-leafed varieties which are generally recognized as separate species by botanists.

The leaves resemble stinging nettle leaves, being slightly rounder in shape. It is also widely known as the Beefsteak plant. In North America, it is increasingly commonly called by its Japanese name, shiso, in addition to being generally referred to as perilla. Its essential oils provide for a strong taste whose intensity might be compared to that of mint or fennel. It is considered rich in minerals and vitamins, has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help preserve and sterilize other foods. In Nepal and parts of India, it is called silam. Its seeds are ground with chili and tomatoes to make a savoury dip/side dish.

It is sometimes known as –

  • Purple mint
  • Japanese basil
  • Wild coleus (although it is not a mint, basil or coleus).

Perilla is traditionally used in Chinese medicine and has been shown to stimulate interferon activity and thus, the body’s immune system.

The Japanese call the green type aojiso , aoba (“green leaf”), ōba (corruption of aoba, “big leaf”) or aoshiso and often eat it with sashimi (sliced raw fish) or cut into thin strips in salads, spaghetti, and meat and fish dishes. It is also used as a flavorful herb in a variety of dishes, even as a pizza topping (initially it was used in place of basil).

The purple type is called akajiso and is used to dye umeboshi (pickled ume) red or combined with ume paste in sushi to make umeshiso maki.

An inflorescence of shiso is called hojiso (ear shiso). Its young leaves and flower buds are used for pickling in Japan and Taiwan.
Shiso plant with forming leaves, stem and leaf are all used.

Okay now, have a look at our reference links…

  1. Perilla Essential oil by Livestrong
  2. Perilla by buzzle.com
  3. Perilla by Gardening

Perilla Oil – Best Of Natural Help

Whenever one wants to seek some natural help in terms of any internal or external physical ill, then no wonder the best one can get is natural essential oils. Perilla essential oil is one such great natural help one can get.

Perilla oil is obtained from the seeds or leaves of perennial herbs, that belong to the genus Perilla. There are various species included in the genus, however, perilla oil most commonly comes from Perilla frutescens. Native to India, China and Japan, this member of the mint family is known for the several health benefits it offers. It is also known by other names such as purple mint, Chinese basil, shiso and wild coleus. The oil extracted from the leaves of perilla, by the process of steam distillation, is rich in a variety of chemical compounds, which may vary depending on the species. The main chemical which is present in large concentration and responsible for the aroma and taste of perilla is perillaldehyde. Some other terpenes included in perilla are limonene, farnesene and caryophyllene.

It is important to understand that, just like any other supplement, perilla oil should be taken together with other important nutrients, in order to assure adequate metabolic regulation in the body. However, since dietary fibers can absorb all fats, both good and bad, it is better to take perilla oil at a different time than fiber-rich foods.

This oil is used for several purposes and has a number of health benefits. People in some parts of the world use perilla for cooking, as a drying oil and as a fuel as well.

Oil obtained from Perilla frutescens is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 essential fatty acids. When we consume perilla oil, our body converts the alpha-linolenic acid into the two most prominent omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. I hope you are aware of the several EPA DHA benefits on our body. Omega 3 provided by perilla seed oil has proven to be beneficial for our body in the following ways:

Okay now, have a look at our reference links…

  1. Perilla by Livestrong
  2. Perilla Oil by Mendosa
  3. Perilla Oil by Buzzle