Feel good naturally using basil
An antiseptic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, sedative, or tonic, basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) can be all that depending on how it is used, and how much of it is absorbed.
Using basil leaves and flowering tips
You can use basil as a medical help when your appetite is lacking, when you feel indigestion, gastritis or slight constipation.
- Basil tea has a calming effect and is effective against migraines caused by stress. It also facilitates digestion without causing unpleasant side effects.
- Basil tea can be extremely beneficial to stressed people, or someone suffering anxiety. In addition it is great for young nursing mothers to increase milk production.
A few leaves of fresh basil, or 1 tbsp dried basil for each cup of boiling water.
Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Flavor will vary depending on the variety of basil you use. You can also add a little sugar or honey.
Wash basil leaves, add them to the water sugar mixture and let seep covered one day, stirring once in a while
Filter and boil again, let it simmer gently about 20 minutes.
Pour hot in a clean bottle (pre-heat the bottle first). Close tightly right away.
Keep away from light for 2 months before using. Once you open the bottle it should be refrigerated.
Drink with cold water in proportions of 7 parts water to 1part syrup (good place to start, but you should adjust proportions to your taste), or use on strawberry or vanilla ice cream. You can also use this syrup to sweeten a plain yogurt.
Basil can also be used externally to provide relief in the case of canker sores, pharynx inflammations, insect bites.
Make a decoction by boiling 2 tbsp dried basil leaves and flowers in 1 cup of water. Boil for 20 minutes and filter.
Gargle 2 or 3 times a day.
To make a mouth rinse, add a few mint leaves to the decoction;
To make a cataplasm with basil, put 6 fresh leaves in boiling water for about 10 seconds.
Drain and apply to the sore area within a pad for an hour.