Basil, found in most kitchens and commonly thought to have originated in Italy is actually native to Asia.
The name Basil is Greek and means King and is considered by many to be the King of Herbs although many believe the name to be derived from the word Basilisk. Basil Tea is also known as Holy Basil Tea, and is often sold under that name.
Fresh and dried Basil is used in many culinary dishes from all over the world. From tomato dishes to pesto, Basil is used in many recipes and added as a final ingredient for full flavor. The flavor of Basil is much like that of Anise due to the same chemical, anethole which gives it the licorice smell.
Basil is best used fresh as it loses much of its flavor and aroma when dried and it does not keep well in refrigeration either. Basil can be stored in the freezer by laying the leaves between sheets of waxed paper or by placing them in ice cube trays filled with water.
Herbal Tea Recipes
A tea can be made with Basil by steeping approximately 8 leaves in a cup of water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Basil Uses & Herbal Remedies
Benefits of Basil Tea
Basil is used in many culinary dishes such as tomato dishes, soups, and pesto and is best used fresh and with little cooking.
Basil tea can be swished around in the mouth to ease the pain and swelling of sore gums. A Basil leaf can be placed on a canker sore in the mouth to ease pain as well. The seed of the Basil plant is thought to balance the intestines and both ease diarrhea and constipation.
Growing Basil inside will help keep flies out of the home and placing a sprig of Basil on the grill while outside will help keep mosquitoes away.
Basil Tea is often used as an herbal remedy for organ diseases of the liver, lungs and even the brain.
Basil is thought to be an effective addition to purification baths and brings love.
Basil in higher doses has possible hormonal effects and is not recommended for women who are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive.
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