Basil

 

Basil is native to India and introduced to Europe in 1573. Basil has been used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that in order to grow potent basil, it was necessary to scream and shout when planting it. Today, “sowing basil” in French is semer le basilic, which means “to rant and rave.”

 

Basil is considered sacred in India. It is called Ocimum sanctum, “holy basil.” However, ancient Roman physician Galen thought eating basil caused insanity and spontaneous generation of intestinal worms.

 

The Chinese used it to treat stomach, kidney, and blood ailments. In Europe, by the 17th century, basil was a common medicinal herb to treat colds, warts, and intestinal worms.

 

Modern Uses

In testing, basil has proven to kill intestinal parasites. It also kills bacteria when applied to the skin and is useful in acne treatment. Basil also stimulates the immune system by helping the body produce antibodies. It contains vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.

 

How to use

Infusion: Standard: 2-3 tsp dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 20 minutes. Take 1-cup 3 times per day.

Tincture:  Standard: 1/2 - 1 tsp up to three times a day.

Safety: Do not give to infants under the age of two.

This tidy and efficient book is different from many other books of this genre. It is simple, easy to follow, and uses readily available herbs and plants that have been researched scientifically for effectiveness. Traditional uses are described. Then, modern uses are discussed. Your garden or yard might have some of the plants and herbs that can heal, enhance your health and vitality. Plants discussed are economical and common to nearly every town or city.

 

The "Beauty" part gives information and recipes for easy to make cosmetics and healthy lotions for your body. Again, the instructions are precise, easy to follow, and economical. No muss or fuss. No more wondering if the ingredients in your cosmetics are cancer causing or just plain bad for you. Now you know. And they are amazingly wonderful on your skin.

 

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