Basil is delicious in pesto, but it is also a very beneficial plant; here it is simply used as a tea, to facilitate digestion. However, basil is reputed to help alleviate many conditions.
Basil can help in the case of a cold, of respiratory disorders, or kidney problems, or mouth infections. Apparently, a person can chew on a dozen basil leaves each day twice to help cope with stress. Basil can be even used as a toothpaste.
For a list of fifteen benefits attributed to basil, click here.
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5 Star Foodiee says:
I love the flavor of basil, and the tea with it sounds wonderful!
On September 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Sally - My Custard P says:
I’ve never heard of basil tea but it looks (and I bet it smells) divine.
On September 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm
I didn’t know that… and I happen to have tons of basil in my little herb garden this year. I’ll have to try and make tea with it!
On September 6, 2011 at 1:49 am
basil is definitely one of my favorite herbs and I bet the flavor of it in this tea is super refreshing!
On September 6, 2011 at 5:08 am
That’s so funny! I posted about tea with herbs in it today as well!
On September 6, 2011 at 6:20 am
what a great idea! I’m so making this tonight!
On September 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Wat an aromatic tea, looks awesome..
On September 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm
I never had basil tea. I actually make my mint tea in the same way you have prepared your basil tea. I can’t wait to try it with basil.
On September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Considering chewing on basil leaves to reduce stress… so at least I won’t be stressed 3 months of the year. I have noticed that its aroma is calming.
On September 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm
I’ve had to leave my basil plants for a few days without being watered. I’m hoping they survived. I’d love to cut some leaves and make tea when I return home!
On September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am
Murasaki Shikibu says:
The Indians use sacred basil or Tulsi in a tea with sugar & butter to treat sore throats. I’ve tried it and it works wonders. I even used to have a pot of Tulsi back in Tokyo and wish I had one here.
On September 9, 2011 at 4:20 am
Wonderful idea! I can imagine how wonderful the scent of this tea must be.and I have an abundance of basil right now.
On September 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm