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What would summer be without some pesto? Basil is well known for being pared with pasta and Italian dishes but let’s not stop there with his uses!
Medicinally, Basil is antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, a circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, nervine and sedative. Given all these qualities, I’d say it’s a pretty good plant to have growing in your garden and not just for food.
Tulsi or Holy Basil has stronger medicinal properties and is better suited for bringing back vitality and renewing energy as an adaptogenic. Tulsi is also analgesic, antidepressant, anti-microbial, antioxidant, aromatic, cardiovascular tonic, digestive, expectorant, immunomodulator, nervine, neuroprotective and radioprotective.
Basil is considered to be warming and drying energetically with a pungent and bitter taste. He has vitamins A, C and K as well as folate, choline, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper and manganese.
Strain off the liquid, compost the Basil and return the Basil tea to the saucepan.
Add the sugar and bring to a boil again.
Stir often while it is boiling and let it boil down until the mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.
Let cool then, using the spatula and funnel, pour into the bottle and label.
It’s best to store in the fridge and will last 1 – 2 months…if you don’t eat it all up first!
*Don’t have any Basil to spare? Only have Sweet Basil and want to give Holy Basil a try? My favorite place to purchase dried herbs is from Mountain Rose Herbs! They sell wildcrafted and organically grown herbs that are fresh and wonderful. To go directly to their website, click on the banner below:
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Have fun making medicine you can enjoy taking!