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 Basilin 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!