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 🙂
Mmmm, love basil. Especially on pizza! I grew it for a little bit last year then it died on me… 😦 I wish I had your green thumb!
Basil needs at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day and doesn’t do well if overwatered. If growing in a pot, make sure it has good drainage. Most of all, don’t give up trying to grow basil. It will grow all years indoors which means I can bring my basil pot inside this fall and continue to have fresh basil all year round 🙂
Wow! I never knew all of this. We love basil! It grows abundantly in our garden. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to read about more herbs and their properties!
Herbalism has become my new hobby. Although I shouldn’t be amazed at the medical benefits of herbs, I still find myself in awe of all the wonderful benefits herbs have to offer.