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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 teaMake a basil tea:

Used in large quantity (several cups a day), you can get effects that are opposite the desired effect. From being a tonic it becomes a sedative.

  • 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.

Basil tea

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.

Basil syrup

basil syrupIn a large pan bring water and sugar to boiling point, remove pan from heat.

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;

Cataplasms

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.

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by Mireille on October 2, 2012 · 0 comments

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how to grow basil

Planting and growing basil tips

How difficult is it to learn how to grow basil?

It is as easy to grow basil in the garden between two tomato plants, as it is to grow on the patio in a pot, or even in the house in a sunny window.

How to start basil plants successfully from seeds?

growing basil from seedsGrowing basil from seeds

It is very difficult to have basil early in the season (end of April, early May) as it needs a lot of heat to germinate.

If it is started from seeds, basil requires a little care when you transplant it, as there is a risk of damaging the roots. If it is bought as a seedling, transferring it to the garden or a larger pot is not at all complicated.

Here are a few tips to grow a lot of this aromatic herb.

When the plants are growing they tend to go to seeds rather quickly but fortunately it is very easy to grow from seeds as soon as temperatures turn around 68 °F.

To cut down on having to weed around growing seedlings place the seeds in little nursery containers filled with a seeding soil. Place 3 seeds per container. Cover with ¼ inch soil and keep moist until they start to grow.

When the seedlings reach about 3 inches (when the plants have 2 or 4 leaves), transplant them to the garden or in larger pots. Choose the strongest of your seedling to transplant. Water regularly.

When should I plant basil?

In warmer climate, it can be planted in the garden around mid April. Usually you should wait May or June to plant it in garden soil, when all risk of freezing is past. In a pot, in the house where it can stay warm, you can plant it anytime you want.

How to move basil plants outside?

You should let the plants get acclimated to temperatures lower than in the house a little at a time.

Planting basil tips

Soil selection: In a pot, adding 10% sand to top soil, will provide better drainage and will keep it from compacting. In the garden if the soil is dense, increase drainage by placing a layer of rocks at the bottom of the hole where you will install your basil plant. You should not have water stagnating at the roots level.

Basil like soils that are rich, not too heavy and cool.

Light and sun

Basil needs a warm and sunny spot, away from drafts and wind.

Distance between plants

If you are planting in a garden row you want to have about 2 feet between plants. A good method is to plant a tomato plant and a basil plant side by side, as basil will protect the tomatoes from some parasites.

How to plant basil?

  • Soak the plastic nursery container, it came in, in a water pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Sufficient to really wet the soil around the roots.
  • During that time dig a hole slightly larger and a little deeper than the pot.
  • If needed add a little compost to the soil.
  • Take the plant out of it pot and place the root ball in the hole, being careful to not plant too deeply.
  • Fill the hole. Pat gently, water well.

If you want to grow basil indoors you do essentially the same, simply fill the pot to half, then place your seedling as you would in the garden.

What to do after planting basil?

If you planted in a garden, you will have to keep weeds away. When the plants are sufficiently developed, cover the ground with mulch to prevent weeds, and to keep the soil cool.

Water regularly and in function of weather conditions.

pruning basil, pinching basilPruning basil is an important part of growing it. Pinch off flowers with your fingers as soon as they appear to keep the production of leaves. Keep watering to help the plant make new leaves.

Three hings to remember when trying to grow basil for a good consumption.

  1. Encourage leaf grow by pinching off flowers.
  2. Basil does not like cold situations, do not attempt to grow seeds outside if it is less than 60 °F.
  3. It needs at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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by Mireille on October 1, 2012 · 0 comments

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