We all know basil is good for making pesto or flavoring Italian food, but this incredibly-easy-to-grow herb also touts various cool health benefits, from clearing up your skin to detoxifying your liver. And that’s not all:
- Basil oil was found to help fight ulcers and inflammation
- It’s also been shown useful in fighting acne.
- In traditional Indian medicine, basil was used in treating bronchitis, diarrhea, arthritis, fevers, insect bites and more, as well as thought to possess “antifertility, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial and cardioprotective” properties.
- Recent research on basil’s pharmacological effects backs up the case for “therapeutic uses of this plant.”
Basil is one of the easiest plants to grow, even starting from seed—last year, I accidentally found myself with 24 baby basil plants growing at once. A Google search reveals this isn’t uncommon (top results include ‘what to do with too much basil’ and ‘what do I do with all this d**m basil?’). While I balk at the idea of ‘too much’ basil (!), what to do with it other than make pesto is a darn good question. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:
(Photo: A Sweet Pea Chef)