Basil: Not Just for the Kitchen

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Basil is definitely a kitchen favorite here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill, but did you know this common herb can be used in different areas of the house too? For example, simple pesto can be used in other dishes besides the typical pasta dish. It’s also delicious on eggs, sandwiches, pizza, or infused in olive oil. Since basil is used in so many international cuisines, dried basil can be easily added to almost any dish.

Many people don’t know the health benefits basil can pack. For instance, it is thought to have a calming effect on the stomach.  1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often help soothe indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness.

Some also chew fresh leaves to calm coughing or make a calming tea of dried basil to help sooth illness. Herbalist suggest adding 2 cups of strong Basil Leaf tea to a warm bath to help reduce stress and facilitate relaxation!

What are your favorite uses for basil?

 

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