Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine: BASIL Posted on 20 Jul 18:46 , 1 comment
From Basil to Coneflower and even Thyme, there are so many reported health benefits of many common (and not so common) herbs and flowers.
We're starting with Basil as it is probably the most common herb and arguably the easiest to grow.
|Dark Purple Opal Basil|
Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.
Basil has few pests, but occasionally pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and Japanese beetles will feast upon it. I use a spray bottle of water or water with neem oil to detach aphids.
Grow in full sun (6 hours or more).
Germination: 5-7 days
|Fine Verde Basil|
Days to Harvest: 45-75
Thai Holy Basil
Grow the same as you would any Basil.
|Thai Holy Basil|
In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice
DIY Tincture Kit with Thai Holy Basil
DIY Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top, 2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available) and Detailed Instructions
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