Basil- Ocimum basilicum
One of my favorite cooking herbs, besides garlic, especially in the summer is Basil. I love the fragrant spicy aroma
Basil is easy to grow, easy to find fresh in most US grocery stores and has such a rich aroma.
Basil is my go to cooking herb when the winter blues are getting me down. Nothing like fresh pesto, or sprigs in a salad or homemade pizza to really bring the summer indoors. Since Basil can even be grown indoors year round or purchased at most markets year round, this burst of sunshine is actually attainable.
Basil is not only a great cooking herb but a valuable herbal medicine. Basil is full of Vitamin K, flavonoids, and magnesium. Magnesium is important because it promotes cardiovascular health by prompting blood vessels and muscles to relax. Traditionally Basil has been used to treat constipation, menstrual issues, stress and respiratory issues. It is in medicinally use in it’s different varietes all over the world.
Basil also has a high volatile oil content which is one of the reasons it has been found to inhibit strains of of bacteria from the genera Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Pseudomonas. These are all becoming more widespread, and have developed a high level of resistance to treatment with antibiotic drugs, making them increasingly hard to treat.
Add Basil to salads, pasta, casseroles.
Have indigestion have a cup of Basil tea.
Need to relax have Basil tea and take a few minutes to breath deeply.
Basil can be eaten everyday, in omelets, stir fry, Thai style, or Italian style. Learn more about and enjoy having fun with this herb.
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.