Basil: Herb of the Week

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Basil: Herb of the Week

Welcome to a new feature on my blog – a weekly discussion of the history, lore and usage of common and uncommon herbs.

BASILBasil, that wonderfully prolific herb that is the perfect companion to tomatoes, has a long and varied history.  In Italy, it signified love; in Greece, hate; in Jewish tradition, strength during long fasting.  In India, it is sacred to Krishna and Vishnu.  The French call it “herbe royale.”  The origin of the word basil possibly stems from the Green word for king, basileus, or from an old name for serpent, basilicus. (Think Harry Potter and the Basilisk here!)

Magically, basil brings about true love and compassion for our fellow beings on Mother Earth.

Nicholas Culpepper, the English herbalist, declared basil to be “an herb of Mars and under the Scorpion… it is no marvel it carries a virulent quality with it.”

Basil is easy to grow in rich, well-drained soil with well-rotted compost or manure. It is a great companion plant for tomatoes, protecting them from harmful pests. It likes plenty of sun.  It dries easily on screens with good air circulation, or can be preserved in oils and vinegars.

By | 2016-12-27T15:28:12+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Latest News|3 Comments

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  1. Cam June 9, 2015 at 3:29 am

    LOVE this addition to your webpage.

  2. Bonnie June 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Deb this is a great idea!! I am so excited!

    • Deb Bowen June 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Bonnie! I’m sorry, but I won’t be including much about health benefits – I’m not really qualified! peace, Deb

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