"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything"- Mark Twain
I picked some beautifully regal, Dark Opal sweet Basil at the farmers market this morning. The beautiful eye-catching leaves have a good source of vitamin A, since it’s high in beta-carotene, and significant amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamin C. The genus name ‘basil’ is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means 'royal,' reflecting that ancient culture's attitudes towards a herb that they held to be very noble and sacred.
In Ayurveda: Opal is balancing for all doshas Vata, Pitta, Kapha. But Pitta’s should use lesser quantities. It’s a warming herb, helping to maintain long-term health for respiratory tract.
One great medicine use is Basil tea, it can help clear up lungs and is a mild sleep aid. These pungent aromatic flowers can also be used fresh or dried and get darker in color as they dry.
In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add the basil, lemon peel and herb tea leaves; cover and steep for 4 minutes. Strain, discarding basil, lemon peel and tea leaves. Serve immediately. 2 servings.