basil is a summer time favorite. pesto for pastas, tomato sauces, salad mixes, caprese salads, lovely additions to the flower or herb beds are just a few examples as to why we love basil.
but did you know that basil is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, and antispasmodic, medicinally speaking.
basil has an amazingly long list of ways it can help heal the body including:
- keeps digestion running smoothly
- keeps the immune system healthy
- kidney strengthener
- anti-stress agent
- insect bites
- mouth infections
- the common cold & the flu
- headache relief
- children's complaints such as colds, coughs, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting
- reduces cholesterol
- calms your nerves
- plus many, many more things
and if i haven't sung basil's praises enough, it also includes has vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate, calcium, choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium.
so eat some basil already will ya?!?! :)
here's the basil syrup recipe i made today that can be used drizzled over ice cream, fresh fruits, berries, or just give your kids a tablespoon when that sore throat hits or that cough won't go away.
gather these ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh basil or 1/4 cup dried basil
1 cup water
1 cup raw sugar
put the basil and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes (or longer if you want it a bit stronger)
strain off the liquid (keep this) and discard (aka compost) the basil.
put the basil liquid (basil tea at this point :) ) back in the saucepan and add the sugar, stir together until the sugar melts. bring back to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes (be sure to stir often during this process). turn off the heat and let the basil syrup cool.
after the basil syrup has cooled, put it in the sealed container of your choice. label it with the date as it will keep in the fridge for about 2 months.
easy peasy and soooo delicious!! enjoy!!