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Friday, June 27, 2008

Brilliant Use for Basil


Basil is not only used to season our favorite dishes. The strong fragrance of the herb repels flies and mosquitoes. Filling a glass jar with water and placing a bunch of fresh basil leaves inside will not only create a beautiful summer centerpiece. It will also keep pesky bugs away from your outdoor party table.

Basil is a tender low-growing herb that is grown as a perennial in warm, tropical climates. Basil is originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. There are many varieties of basil, that which is used in Italian food is typically called sweet basil, as opposed to Thai basil or holy basil, which are used in Asia. It is prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian. [wikipedia]


Aside from being a good insect repelant, we get a lot of health benefits from this herb. Scientific studies show that basil's essential oils have antioxidants which makes the herb anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-viral and anti-microbial.

13 comments :

Irene said...

oh...what a great tip! Thanks for sharing it!!

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I love this! I always am trying to find natural ways to do things and this is right up my alley! Thanks

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Toni said...

Very good to know. I will be picking up some basil for our mosquito issues...

BTW, Happy Anniversary!

Kim said...

I love Basil :)
I add it to everything !!
ps happy anniversary ;)

The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Thanks for the tip; I love Basil for cooking but did not know about using it as a insect repellent. Great idea.

{girl}forallstatus said...

I super love basil and I hate bugs and mosquitoes. So, this tip is truly useful. =)

Lisa said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that.. I hate mosquitos!

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Amy Lilley Designs said...

Last year I planted 4 different kinds of basil and I grew so much that I'm still using it from the freezer...this year I was a little late in planting my garden, so, I just bought the 'regular' basil...but lots of it...we use it all the time and very generously!!!!
This was a terrific post!

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mirage2g said...

I love the smell of Basil thats why I always have it in the kitchen, now all the reason that I must have more kase summer ngayon open lagi windows, pumapasok langaw hehe...

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