basil

With over 60 species to choose from, basil is one the most varied herbs in aroma and symbolism. From spicy, citrus to cinnamon basil covers a multitude of fragrances from its essential oils. Sweet basil is one of my favorites, reminiscent of anise or licorice and is easily grown indoors or outdoors.

Considered sacred in Hindu, basil or tulsi represents love, eternal life and purification after the goddess Tulasi. There is no reference to basil in the Bible although the herb was said to have grown near the crucifixion. In Italy, basil was used to attract a lover and in Moldovian folklore if a man took a sprig of basil from a woman he would fall in love with her. It has represented chastity, hatred and love.  A sprig of basil in your pocket would produce wealth, and sprinkling it at the door would bring customers. What a complex herb! Its original purpose was for embalming and taking the poison out of insect bites. Today its properties are so varied it should be considered the super herb. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used as a treatment for diabetes, impotence, allergies, infertility and respiratory ailments. Basil contains natural antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. My preference is basil coupled with bergamot, in my basil bergamot hand wash and lotion, spicy and crisp

basil folklore
basil folklore

thai basil

 

thai-basil
thai basil

Basil’s name is from the Greek basilikohn meaning royal. Its origins can be traced to China and India. Its original purpose was for embalming and taking the poison out of insect bites. Today its properties are so varied it should be considered the super herb. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used as a treatment for diabetes, impotence, allergies, infertility and respiratory ailments. Basil contains natural antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. If you like basil, try our basil bergamot hand wash and hand lotion.

 

yogurt cheese & herb biscuits

Biscuits, just like grits, aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Biscuits as I always say are love message, biscuits are always made by hand with love like my Grandmother used to make. These are yogurt cheese biscuits with clipping from my yard; rosemary, lemon verbena, basil, lavender and mint. But you can literally take any herb in your yard and had to make savory biscuits. Just minutes to make!

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsps. baking soda
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or you can substitute with milk or sour cream)
  • ¼ cup olive
  • Herbs to your tasting from your yard about 1-2 tsps.
  • Grated emmental cheese about a tblsp.
  • Pinch of salt

Mix it all together and don’t let it sit long and it is better mixing with your hands.  I usually put a drop of olive oil on the top before sticking in the oven. Bake at 375 for about 11 minutes. Check to make sure the bottoms are golden and the tops a tad golden. yougurt biscuitsAnd voila! Delicious biscuits!