Before I talk to you about basil I want to tell you what happened the other day. I went for a CTScan and I had to lay there for a few minutes to be sure everything was o.k. The 20-something technician was with me and I made a comment about how incredible it is that someone can think up things such as CTScans. She replied, "Right. And a woman your age has seen so much in your lifetime." I turned my head towards her and said, "Right! That first fire was awesome!" She became all flustered and apologized. I laughed and said, "No problem but think before you use that phrase again." Ah! Youth!!
Now on to basil. I love all things basil. I love tomato basil soup, basil, tomato, mozzarella cheese salad and basil bruschetta - to name a few.
According to Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor and Ailene King, Student Intern at the University of Vermont, there are other uses for basil than cooking and eating.
Also, according to Plant Journeys.com, "Basil is a supreme warming digestive aid. It is aromatic which also helps move stagnation and congestion, and improve circulation. Taken hot, basil (especially Tulsi) is an exceptional diaphoretic.Basil infused in oil and massaged in daily (as well as eaten is a nourishing tonic for the whole body, especially the brain, memory, while adding luster to hair, skin, and nails."
Back to the University of Vermont. Here is what they have to say:
I find this all very interesting and informative - especially the mental fatigue item. It seems that I am learning new things every day that make a difference in my life - just like the first fire!
Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.