Using basil for things besides cooking??? Why yes!! Basil has been thought to only be an herb for cooking, and we all know what to ...



Using basil for things besides cooking???

Why yes!!

Basil has been thought to only be an herb for cooking, and we all know what to do with it in that regard. I could post a ton of recipes and things to use basil for cooking, but I am going to focus only on the medicinal uses for basil in this post.

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Basil can be grown outdoor or indoors in pots and must be watered regularly. 

"A man taking basil from a woman will love her always."
-Sir Thomas More

Basil has a mild sedative effect and is often used as a tea {use the leaves} for anxiety. 

Research has also been done to support that basil helps to manage diabetes {due to a hypoglycemic effect}. It has also been shown to help support concentration and memory {boy do I need that!!}. And due to its antiallergic effect some use it to treat hay fever and asthma.

Do not use basil essential oil while pregnant!!

Other medicinal uses for basil would included:
Sinus clearing inhalation
{4 drops essential oil to 2 cups boiling water}
Place a towel over you lead and breath in the steam.

A tea {fresh leaves infused into water} helps with indigestion and constipation.
{add honey and lemon, now you can help relieve chest congestion and bronchitis.}

Fresh leaves pulled right off the plant can be rubbed onto skin for insect bites to relieve itching.

Throw a handful of fresh leaves into warm bath water for invigorating tired muscles. 

Around the home:
Basil is a natural disinfectant and should be kept indoors to help purify the air.

You can also use the oils from the leaves to make disinfectant sprays!!
This recipe will be 3 parts water, 1 part white vinegar.
To make this, bruise the leaves and put into a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over the leaves and let steep for 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
Once cooled add vinegar.
The ratio is totally up to you and the size of the spray bottle you have.
{The fun part is the experimenting!!} 

TIP: Keep a pot of basil at the back door and it will deter flies from coming in!!

Ok, with all that- have fun with an herb you thought was only for pesto!!!

I am not a doctor, I am not a licensed herbalist....I am just interested and study through books and online the uses- household, beauty and medicinal uses for the plants and herbs that I post about. Please do not try anything, any recipes, any tips and tricks without prior approval from your doctor, as some of these herbs and plants can have an adverse effect with prescription medicines. 

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that basil would relieve sore muscles. Thanks for sharing.

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