Other names : Ocimum basilicum, St. Josephswort, sweet basil.
Habitat : Once native to India and Persia only, and still a sacred
herb to the Hindus, basil is an annual plant much used
now in Mediterranean cookery. It grows up to 2 feet in
height, and its one drawback is that it must be raised
from seed or seedling each year. It likes a rich moist
soil with plenty of sun. You can buy various types of
basil besides the "sweet" variety, the other most
popular being "bush" basil. All posses the same
properties, however. The herb grows with a square stem
in section; smooth, slightly toothed, oval leaves, which
give off a strong clove fragrance when crushed; and
white, pink or red whorls of flowers which nestle in the
axils of the elaves (where the leaf joins the stem).
Properties : Basil contains an aromatic and volitile camphor-bearing
oil which gives it its marvelous clove-like fragrance
and accounts for its use in cooking, potpourris and
perfumery. A delicious tea can also be prepared from the
leaves which is though to allay mild nervous tension
headaches and nausea.
Basil Tea : Infuse 1 teaspoon dried herb in 1 covered cup boiling
water. strain, and flavor with honey if desired. Upto 1
or 2 cups a day may be taken.
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