In Italy, it is considered a sign of love. When a woman puts out a pot of basil, it means she is ready to receive her suitor. In France, it is called herbe royale. In India, it is sacred, dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna. In Victorian times, it was sent for best wishes in nosegays called tussie-mussies.

Harvest and Use: Though used mainly as a culinary, there are many other possible uses for basil. Try a cup of basil tea as an after dinner drink to aid digestion and expel gas. Basil tea is also good for stomach cramps and vomiting. An extract from the seeds has been shown to have an antibacterial effect. Combine it with wood betony and skullcap for nervous conditions or with elecampane and hyssop for coughs. Rub leaves on insect bites to reduce itching.

Special Uses: Basil essential oil has many aromatherapy uses. A drop on the sleeve can be inhaled for mental fatigue. Combine it with hyssop, bergamot or geranium oils for a stimulating massage oil for depression. Blend 6 to 8 oz of stimulating herbs (herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, mint, lemon verbena, lavender and/or marjoram) in a muslin bag to steep, for an invigorating herbal bath in cool water. Or, make a strong infusion of the herbs and add to the bath water. Researchers have found water slightly below 98 degrees is best for a stimulating bath.














- Genovese Sweet Basil-

Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’ is an annual native to India, Africa, and Asia. One of the most popular herbs, it is now cultivated in all temperate climates throughout the world. Of all the basils to grow, and there are about 150 varieties, Genovese basil is one of the best because it yields 7 to 8 cuttings and makes the best pesto. A truly intriguing mix of flavors--offers subtle hints of mint, cloves and anise. Extremely popular in salads and vegetable dishes. 24” Plant. Place 24: apart.


- Red Rubin Basil-

Half hardy annual  has very ornamental deep purple leaves of outstanding taste and aroma.Use in Oriental and Pesto dishes and good in salads. Great for drying. 2-3 ft. Mod Sun. Ample Water. Great for vinegar!

- Thai Basil -

Culinary herb. Also known as hairy basil, this plant has elongated leaves and is a lighter shade of green than the basil that’s used for pesto. The herb has a lemony aroma and slightly spicy flavor. In Thailand it is used in salads and as a garnish. 24” Mod water.

- Tulsi or Holy Basil

This plant is revered in India, where you can find it planted a temples, holy places and home altars everywhere. A delicate culinary herb And-one of the primary botanicals used in India for reducing the negative effects of stress by lowering cortisol levels. The ursolic acid in holy basil inhibits COX-2, an inflammatory enzyme and it helps maintain normal blood sugar levels when used as part of your diet. It also promotes focused clarity. Mod. Sun.



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