BASIL

BASIL: “Pesto Versus Parasites”

Acne, Immune Stimulant, Intestinal Parasites

Also Known As: St. Joseph-wort and Sweet Basil

HISTORY:

Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, the zesty pasta sauce and has been a favorite in kitchens for many years. In India, it is called holy basil. It is believed to be a protector of life and death. In Haiti, shopkeepers sprinkle basil water around their stores to ward off evil spirits and bring prosperity. In the 17th century, basil was widely used in Europe to ward off colds, intestinal worms and warts. It is used in the Philippines to ward off ring-worms and made as a tea for the induction of labor in pregnancy.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups daily. Basil has a rich warm aroma with a mild minty and peppery taste.

  • Tincture:

Use one half to one teaspoon up to 3 times daily. Make a tincture or infusion to enjoy this great infection fighting drink.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Basil reaches 2 feet in height. Plant in the spring a quarter of a inch deep in soil. Using well drained manure or compost soil is best. Space each plant about 1 foot apart. Tolerate sun well. Water daily and trim branches every couple of weeks as needed.

 
SAFETY:

Basil has antioxidants, cancer preventing agencies, fights off free radicals and contains vitamins A & C. But, basil has been known to produce tumors in mice. The risk of basil causing cancer if at all is unclear. Basil is on the FDA’s list regarded as safe for use.