|English: Basil leaves (Ocimum basilicum). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
My garden is incomplete without this fragrant herb. Basil, also known as St. Joseph wort, is healthy as well as an insect repellent. It's minty flavor rivals mint tea (it is related to mint). Aside from simple enjoyment (always the main reason to drink tea), basil tea can be used to:
- settle the stomach
- mixed with honey--it relieves tickly coughs
- mixed with honey--it relieves the runny nose--that mucus irritation known as catarrh
- to enjoy--especially mixed with its fragrance and taste. Currently, it's my favorite tea.
|Cup of Tea (Photo credit: crayonmonkey)|
- is rich in flavonoids
- it has an anti-bacterial property
- According to whfoods.org, the essential oil of basil, obtained from its leaves, curbs some bacteria that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=85)
- This same website says that if you was your produce in a solution that contains about 1% of the essential oil, you can help prevent intestinal upsets.
- The eugenol, it's essential oil, is both an insect repellent and an anti-inflammatory
- It's a good source of vitamin A and helps your cardio-vascular system
- It's a good source of vitamin K--along with other vitamins and minerals