June 13, 2013   Posted by: sagepage

B is for Basil

Easy to grow at home or community garden, Basil is a sweet, slightly warm, aromatic herb that you can eat all summer! Aromatic herbs like Basil contains essential oils and phytochemicals in the leaves, stem, flowers, roots and seeds that have biological activity in the body.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Though basil is mostly used as a seasoning, it has a rich medicinal history. It is said to work well as a digestive aid and a sedative, as well as for the treatment of headaches and migraines. Chinese medicine employs basil to treat intestinal, kidney and circulatory problems. It has also been used as an antiseptic. Though it contains vitamins and minerals, its traditional medicinal role and its most common use as a flavoring mean that it will only provide modest amounts of potassium, calcium, vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin A on a per-serving basis.”

Click here to read more about Basil’s medicinal qualities!

Click here for an amazing Basil Pesto recipe!

Click here for an amazing Basil Lemonade recipe!

What do YOU do with Basil? Let Sage know! Send us your pictures, recipes, and thoughts on the beauty of Basil!





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