Basil is a member of the mint family, and basil tea can be served after meals as a digestive aid.
To make fresh basil tea:
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped basil.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Sweeten with raw honey to taste.
A variety of basil known as Tulsi (or Holy Basil) is considered a sacred and healing herb in India, and Tulsi tea is a popular stress-relieving and health-promoting tonic.
You can also add dried basil to potpourri, sachets, and homemade cleaning products to give a fresh, clean scent.
How to Preserve Basil
To store Basil for later use:
Freeze the fresh leaves by packing them tightly in an airtight container or plastic bag. Simply break off chunks as needed for garden-fresh flavor in recipes. You can also freeze basil and water in ice cubes for dropping into soups.
Dry basil by hanging stems in bunches, or spreading leaves out on a tray, in a dark, well-ventilated room. Once the leaves are good and dry (about a week), you can crumble them into an airtight container.
Cooked in Recipes:
Nothing makes me happier than a winters’ worth of pesto sauce, neatly stacked in the freezer.
And if you also have too many tomatoes and garlic, then you’re really in business! Spend an afternoon making marinara, stewed tomatoes,
and soups for freezing or canning.