Sunday, June 29, 2008
Basil is one of the herbs I always have in a pot by the kitchen door. I start a new pot every spring and enjoy snipping leaves all summer and into the fall. It doesn't winter over very well indoors, so I have to start another one the next year. I put it in soups and salads, on pizza and pasta, and it makes a refreshing, relaxing tea. According to Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, "Basil has been described as having a slight sedative action, which would explain shy it is sometimes recommended for nervous headaches and anxiety." I have to say, we all had some after dinner tonight and bed time went quite a bit smoother than it usually does!
One thing I haven't tried is making pesto. Surprising, right? That's probably the first thing most people do. I read a great post at A Caribbean Garden yesterday all about making pesto. Nicole has a couple of wonderful recipes up which I am going to try this week. She has nice photos too - take a look!
Here are more basil links:
Indian basil tea recipe
Holy Basil (Tulsi) Tea
Ohio State Fact sheet on basil
How to make herb teas
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Posted by Andromeda Jazmon at 6:29:00 AM