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Taste aside, there are other reasons to include Basil in our foods:

~It helps to ease stomach cramps, gas, colic & indigestion.
~It can be used to prevent or relieve nausea and helps to kill intestinal worms.
~Sweet  Basil has a mildly sedative action and can be useful in treating  nervous irritability, fatigue, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
~Traditionally, the herb was used to increase breast milk production.
~Applied externally, basil leaves act as an insect repellent.  The juice from the leaves can help relieve insect bites.
Ahhh, fresh Basil in our gardens.  How I miss it in the middle of February when I’m making soups and stews.  Last  year I learned an easy way to preserve it in the freezer.  Now I can  have that sweet, spicy, delicious flavor at my fingertips all winter  long.

 It’s easy:

1.     Gather fresh Basil & rinse with water.
2.     Chop Basil (semi-coarse chop, not too small)
3.     Put into ice cube trays, filling each cube ~ 2/3 full
4.     Fill the remaining space in each cube with cold water
5.     Freeze until solid
6.     Pop them out of the trays and place in freezer bags

                                     DONE ~ YAY!
 
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