BASIL

BASIL:

 

ALSO KNOWN AS: Sweet Basil

HISTORY:

Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, the zesty pasta sauce and has been a favorite in kitchens for many years.

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.