Basics of Basil

Basil: As only one in the many members of the mint family (alongside Catnip), Basil is thought to have originated on the Southern Asian continent. The 4 main types we are familiar with are: Thai, Sweet, Holy, and Lemon. Though there are over 150 types, these are the most popular. History has found uses of this plant for the past 4,000 years.

It was used in mourning rituals, culinary and drinks, preservation of other foods, and even thought to protect against scorpion stings. *In Portugal, basil plants make up part of a gift to a sweetheart or lover on certain religious holidays.* The therapeutic uses of basil include aroma, topical and ingestion. The scent is said to assist with tension, migraines, melancholy, depression and fatigue. Topically a fresh poultice is the more effective route for skin irritants or cuts that can become infected. It can also be used for treatment of acne. Basil contains many nutrients and antioxidants that can help with inflammation, oxidative stress, cardiovascular health, and more.

Used to assist with high blood sugar, liver health, and infection, Basil is most potent and useful fresh. The oils in the plant tend to evaporate when drying. Adding Basil to the dish last is a way to preserve the flavor and oils, so you can get the purest taste and best benefits. If you don’t have a fresh option, dried will help as well. With upset stomachs, gut health problems, to other digestive issues, Basil is one herb to add to as many dishes as you can think up!

*Excerpt credit to: Arnica Relief: Basil Essential Oil: Aurora’s Relief Roll On: Herb Blend Seasonings:

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