Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
- English: Sweet Basil
- Also, known as: Basilque, Basilikum, His ang-ts’ ai, Malayan, Bassilico, Albahaca
Habitat: Native to Mediterranean region
Parts Used: Leaves
Ocimum basilicum is one of several varieties of basil known not only for its ability to add flavor but the medicinal aspect as well. Basil or Sweet Basil is a favorite herb and spice found in Italian, Thai, and some middle eastern dishes. In these regions, the basil plant has not only been used in cooking but also in healing for centuries.
The plant is lush green with smooth rounded edges and pointing tip leaves. The leaves resemble Peppermint leaves, as the two plants are closely related. Sweet basil is the most common form of garden basil and can be found dried in the spice aisle, fresh in the produced aisle. The name is derived from the Greek word basilikohn which means “Royal”.
Note: Sweet basil is different from Holy Basil (Tulsi Leaves).
How to use:
Sweet basil is used in medicine and used as culinary purposes.
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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