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.
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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