How to use basil:
- Add fresh basil to salad dressings, smoothies, herbal teas or your favorite pasta sauce.
Basil will not only give any drink, dressing or dish a great flavor, but can also help kill any microbes that might be hiding in your greens or other food. I love adding a sprig or two of basil to my green drinks in the morning!
Dried basil still has many of the health benefits listed, but your best bet is fresh! Try growing some in your garden and add fresh basil to raw dishes or at the end of the cooking process to preserve its nutrients and other beneficial properties.
- Add basil essential oil to natural store bought or homemade cleaning products:
Adding basil essential oil to your natural cleaning supplies (Sal-suds, Castile soap, vinegar etc.) or hand/body soap (Dr. Bronners) in a low concentration (1% or less*) can add natural anti bacterial (anti microbial) properties.
*I often use one drop of essential oil per one ounce of carrier solution (you can try using more or less, but test for sensitivity before using on your skin.) I would not add essential oils to a chemical cleaner or soap.
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- Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.