If you’re anything like me, basil is already a normal part of your everyday cooking. We use it to flavor soups, spaghetti sauce, meat, and a host of other things…but have you ever considered drinking it?
Ancient cultures have used Basil as a healing herb for centuries, and I don’t see why we can’t do the same. After all, it has some pretty amazing benefits.
Basil tea can be used as a tonic for the nerves, can improve memory, can help reduce or prevent colds and fever, will strengthen the heart, help improve bad eyesight, and be used as a stress reliever. It can also be used to help inflammation, to fight cancer cell growth, help steady your blood glucose levels (for diabetics), and more!
Convinced yet? I know I am.
The key to Basil’s success is in its essential oil.
The essential oil of the basil is full of antimicrobial properties. This is what gives the plant its strong smell and taste. It’s created by various volatile compounds that keep the plant safe from hungry insects, as well as from germs and fungi. While this is a very important ingredient, Basil is also rich in vitamins C, A, E, and K; as well as zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre. Plus, it’s calorie free.
To prove that I’m not just making up random facts, go check out Precision Nutrition’s article on the Benefits of Basil. If that doesn’t satisfy you (which I’m sure it will), you can also go look at Basil Tea’s website.
Making Basil Tea is pretty straightforward. You just need about 1 tablespoon of dried basil (2 if it’s fresh) and 1 cup of boiling water. You might also want a tea ball or teapot with a strainer to keep the leaves contained.
Place the herb into a cup and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Let it steep for about 30 minutes, or to taste. I’m sure you could also sweeten it up with a little honey if you wish, or add some lemon to give it some zing. Whatever works for you.
LiveStrong does say that you should never actually boil the tea, but rather pour the hot water over it. It also recommends that you use fresh basil instead of dried whenever you can. Fresh basil contains more of the good stuff. Check out their article on How to Use Basil for more information.
Now that you know how amazing Basil is, are you ready to try a nice hot cup of Basil tea? If so, let me know what you think!