Top 10 Uses For Basil Leaf

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Top 10 Uses For Basil

I found a great article on the uses of basil from ‘The Wellness Mama’. The link is at the foot of the article, below my commentary.

Basil, also known as sweet basil is a wonderful herb that is adored by many due to its use in Italian and Asian cuisine. It’s a staple in countless savory recipes, adding its uniquely delicious aroma and flavor. Basil is one of the main ingredients in pesto – and is also added fresh to salads and many other dishes.

What is slightly less well known is that basil is also thought to have medicinal qualities – including as antibiotic, blood sugar balancer and stress reducer. Basil is a popular herbal remedy in the Ayurvedic and Siddha traditional medicine systems.

Basil is an easy herb to grow but prefers warm, sunny conditions. It is very sensitive to frost. It might make a good indoor herb for a sunny kitchen windowsill.

A few more bits of basil trivia: Basil is in the mint family of herbs – which may come as a surprise as it doesn’t smell minty! But if you look at the leaves and the way it grows, you can see the similarity. Basil is truly ‘old school’ – it is reported by historians to have been cultivated for over 5,000 years in India and other parts of tropical Asia.

Types Of Basil [1]

• African blue basil (Ocimum basilicum X O. kilimandscharicum)
Anise basil, Licorice basil or Persian basil (O. basilicum ‘Licorice’)
• Camphor basil, African basil (O. kilimandscharicum)
• Cinnamon basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’)
• Dark opal basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Dark Opal’)
• Globe basil, dwarf basil, French basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Minimum’)
• Hoary basil (Ocimum americanum formerly known as O. canum)
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum, formerly known as O. sanctum)
• Spice basil (a cultivar of Ocimum americanum, which is sometimes sold as Holy Basil)
• Lemon basil (Ocimum americanum)
• Lettuce leaf basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Crispum’)
• Purple basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurescens’)
• Queen of Siam basil (Ocimum basilicum citriodorum)
• Rubin basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Rubin’)

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Click the link below to see 10 of the top uses for the magical basil:

http://wellnessmama.com/5505/10-uses-for-basil-leaf/

Update: We now also have a “herb info” page on this site all about basil:

https://www.herbs-info.com/basil.html

What do you think of basil? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Reference:

[1] List of basil cultivars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_basil_cultivars


2 Comments

  • By M J, March 6, 2014 @ 4:33 am

    A favorite way for me to use fresh basil, which even I can grow, is to gently wash, allow to dry and snip over fresh tomato slices. Yummy!

  • By naturalremediesexpert, March 24, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    thanks for effort Use fresh basil whenever possible, and when cooking with it, add to the dish during the last few minutes for maximum flavor.

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