Home Remedies with Basil. The name comes from the Greek word for king, basileus. Basil may have originated in India, but it has since spread to many Asian and Mediterranean countries, as well as Africa and Central and South America, and is cultivated commercially in California. Many traditions about the herb’s powers have to do with love and the afterlife.
Latin Name : Ocimum basilicum
Common Name: Basil
USDA Hardiness Zone : Annual, easy to start from seed. Great for kid’s garden.
Exposure : Full sun
Harvest : As soon as plants is large enough to lose some leaves.
Some Home Remedies with Basil
Coughs, cold, flu
- Take 10-12 washed, crushed basil leaves and 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger. Fry in a pan over a low heat until the ginger has browned. Add 1 cup of water and boil for several minutes. Strain, add 1 tbsp of honey and drink.
- Make a decoction by boiling 10-15 leaves in 2 cups of water. Drink warm.
- Extract the juice of 10-15 basil leaves; add 1 tsp of ginger juice and 1 tsp of honey. Mix and take in the morning and evening.
- Use the powder of dried basil leaves as a snuff to clear nasal congestion.
- Boil 10–20 basil leaves in water and drink.
- Grind 7 basil leaves, 4 peppercorns and 2 tsp of raw sugar and mix with 1/3 cup water. Take on an empty stomach.
Longevity or Loss of appetite
- Chew 2–4 leaves on an empty stomach in the morning.
- Make a paste with fresh leaves and water. Apply to the affected area.
- Take 1 tsp of juice daily.
Basil is a natural air freshener and insect repellent. It is used in cooking, especially Italian food, soups and pasta sauces. It is considered one of the most sacred plants in India, and is grown in most households. Orthodox Hindus worship a variety of basil known as Holy Tulasé by watering it daily, offering leaves to God and circumambulating the base of the plant.