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Basil is good for much more than salads

Basil is good for a lot more than just accenting tomato salads. Apart from its obvious taste qualities, basil contains pharmacological properties that make the herb recommendable for young mothers who have just given birth, as it is believed to encourage lactation.

But that’s not all.

Basil is good for a lot more than just accenting tomato salads. Apart from its obvious taste qualities, basil contains pharmacological properties that make the herb recommendable for young mothers who have just given birth, as it is believed to encourage lactation.

But that’s not all.

Basil also belongs to the family Lamiacea, and is found growing in warm areas sheltered from the wind. For all these reasons, basil is an ideal candidate for a place among the aromatic herbs in the family garden. It also grows well in pots, making it a kind of urban plant.

When required for “therapeutic” purposes, basil should be picked while the stem still has flowers on it. The stems should then be tied into bunches and dried in thin layers in the shade. Once dry, it can be used to make infusions: 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried basil to 2 cups of water.

The silica and saponins the plant contains have a beneficial effect on urinary problems and bloating. Tanins and mineral salts make basil an aid to digestion in addition to its stimulant effect on lactation. Basil is also believed to be a good sedative.


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