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The Wonders of Basil

Basil is a wonderful herb to grow. It is easy to manage and its benefits are probably more than we expect it to be. Basil comes in several varieties as well as hybrids. I have a seedling of cinnamon basil that just sprouted in this first picture. I have all my basil’s outdoors but it can actually be grown indoors. It definitely likes a lot of water. At one point they wilted but quickly recovered as soon as I watered them. It does like the sun, but with mine I try to have them so they get morning and evening sun.

This is sweet basil. Great for Italian foods.

Lemon basil 

This is a ruffled purple variety with some strong flavor.

Recently, there has been much research into the health benefits conferred by the essential oils found in basil. Scientific studies have established that compounds in basil oil have potent , anticancer, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.Basil and oregano contain large amounts of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which might have a use in treating inflammatory bowel diseases and arthritis.

I love to go to my little garden and cut fresh basil to cook with. The aroma and the flavor are best when used fresh.


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