Natural Defenses

“Natural Defenses” with Perilla Virgin Oil

  • Description
    • Perilla frutescens (Shiso or Japanese Basil) is a cultivated plant of the mint family Lamiaceae. Its native origin are India and China. However today, Perilla is most famous as Japanese shiso. Its distinctive aroma and pungency might be compared to that of mint or fennel. The overall plant resembles a stinging nettle, though the leaves are somewhat rounder. It’s an oilseed crop that is used to produce perilla oil.


  • Potential virtues
    • Perilla is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine and its earliest records date back to 500AD. It is still commonly used in Chinese medicine, notably to strengthen the body’s immune system.
    • Perilla virign oil exhibits one of the highest proportions of omega-3 fatty acids of any seed oil with a ratio of more than 60% of omega-3 fatty acids compared to only 14% linoleic (omega-6) fatty acids. Moreover, it is rich in terpenes, minerals and vitamins. Perilla virgin oil is used to “feed” the brain, to reduce the blood lipid content and to treat asthma.


  • I typically prescribe Perilla oil to increase natural defenses. It notably helps
    • To cure inflammations through its anti-inflammatory virtues
    • To stimulate interferon activity, and thus the immune system
    • To improve memory


  • Recommended basic treatment
    • Take 1 capsule 3 times a day with a large glass of water before meals (morning, midday, evening)