Basil - A special Ayurvedic Herb
Many of the herbs we use in cooking are amazing medicines. The bees and insects know this and love basil especially.
It is so easy to buy a basil plant and place it on your window sill but remember to share and plant one in your garden for the bees and insects. Basil grows easily from seed too in summer. Basil is always growing somewhere in my garden.
Ayurveda is the Indian System of Medicine. In my opinion it is a wonderful system of medicine because it uses natural medicine. Herbs, spices, food, massage, yoga, meditation and lifestyle advice first but will recommend Western Medicine
as well when these therapies are not sufficient.
I could use Western Science to explain the health benefits of basil but it is lacking because it misses out its effect on the mind. A Diploma in Ayurvedic
Herbology was part of my Medical Herbalist qualification with the special and inspiring Denis Stewart.
The information below is from a wonderful book called Yoga of Herbs by Dr Frawley and Dr Lad.
Basil is one of the most sacred herbs of India. It's quality is sattva.
It opens the heart and mind bestowing the energy of love and strengthens faith, compassion and clarity, clears the
aura and strengthens the immune system...and you thought it just tasted good!
A plant of basil should be kept in every home for, its purifying influence.
a tonic for colds, flus and lung problems and helps clear the sinuses.
It improves absorption and strength of nerve tissue and increases memory.
It is an excellent herb
and combines with Gotu Kola for autism and senility.
It helps treat headaches, arthritis and abdo distension.
Tulsi is the basil used in India and other basil have similar
Use the essential oil in a vaporiser with peppermint and eucalyptus...lovely for winter when it often dies back.
Organic Tulsi tea is available at some organic
shops. It often has other herbs in a blend.
My local is Organic Plus, 1 Bonnal Rd, Erina NSW 2250 which has a huge range of teas.
Make pesto (activated -almond pesto
recipe to follow)