I spent a good deal of my weekend outside taking care of the garden and transplanting herbs. When I wasn’t outside, I was inside learning more about the herbs I was putting into pots around the patio.
For the next few weeks, I’ll throw in a post about a herb in my garden and discuss my findings. I have found the study of herbs fascinating and I hope others will too.
So let me start with . . . . .
I’m guessing that basil is a staple in most home kitchens, so we know the culinary benefits of basil. However, did you also know that basil is a natural anti-inflammatory? It’s anti-inflammatory benefits are believed to benefit those with bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.
Basil contains cinnamanic acid, which has been found to improve circulation, stabilize blood sugar, and improve breathing in those with respiratory disorders. It has also been used in the treatment of diabetes, allergies, impotence, and infertility.
Because of their antibacterial properties, fresh basil leaves and basil oil can be used to disinfect surfaces. Apply the leaves to wounds to help eliminate infections. Used in cooking or taken as a nutritional supplement, basil can assist in combating common viruses like colds, flu, and the herpes family of viruses.
Basil is high in antioxidants and is even higher in antioxidants when used as an extract or oil.
In addition to the medicinal benefits mentioned above, basil can be used as a fever reducer, for coughs and sore throats, kidney stones, heart problems, stress, skin disorders, and headaches, just to name a few.
Based on my findings, I’m not sure I’m growing nearly enough basil. Fortunately, I have more seeds and if need be, I’ll grow it indoors 🙂