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Perilla leaf, also known as shiso or beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens), is an herb that is commonly used in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. The plant is native to East Asia and is now cultivated in many parts of the world.

In traditional medicine, perilla leaf is believed to have a variety of health benefits. The herb is often used to treat respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies. Perilla leaf is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may be beneficial for promoting cardiovascular health and supporting the immune system.



  • Respiratory health: Perilla leaf is often used to treat respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, and bronchitis. The herb is believed to have bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory effects that can help to relieve symptoms of respiratory distress.

  • Anti-inflammatory activity: Perilla leaf is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation in the body. The herb may be beneficial for treating conditions that are characterized by chronic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cardiovascular disease.

  • Cardiovascular health: Perilla leaf is believed to have antioxidant properties that can help to protect the heart and promote cardiovascular health. The herb may be beneficial for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke by improving blood flow, reducing cholesterol levels, and supporting healthy blood pressure.



  • Perilla leaf may cause allergic reactions in some people, particularly those who are sensitive to other plants in the same family.

  • Perilla leaf may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.

  • The safety of using perilla leaf during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been fully studied, and it is best to consult with a healthcare provider before using it during these times.

  • Perilla leaf may cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or abdominal discomfort, in some people.

  • Perilla leaf may have sedative effects and should be used with caution in people who are driving or operating heavy machinery.


Tastes Like:

Perilla leaf (Perilla frutescens) has a distinct and aromatic flavor that is often described as a combination of mint, basil, and anise. The flavor of the herb is generally considered to be mild, and it is often used as a culinary herb to add flavor and depth to dishes.



  • Fresh: Perilla leaf can be used fresh as a garnish or as a wrap for sushi or other foods. Simply wash the leaves and use them whole or chopped as desired.

  • Tea: Perilla leaf can be used to make a tea or infusion. To make perilla leaf tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink the tea warm or chilled. You can add honey or lemon to taste if desired.

  • Pesto: Perilla leaf can be used to make a flavorful pesto that can be used as a condiment or sauce for pasta, meats, or vegetables. To make perilla leaf pesto, combine fresh perilla leaves, garlic, nuts (such as pine nuts or almonds), parmesan cheese, and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Blend until the ingredients are well combined and the pesto has a smooth consistency.

Perilla Leaf (Zi Su Ye)

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