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    Sweet Basil (aka St. Johns Wort)

    Post by Susan on Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:52 pm

    We often include Sweet Basil, in our herb garden. Some of the reasons we include this herb, is for the aromatic smell, it helps keep mosquito's at bay, and is a wonderful herb in my homemade Spaghetti Sauce! I can harvest it fresh throughout the growing season, and I can either freeze or dry it with ease. I prefer it fresh, or frozen, but I usually dry towards the end of the season. I make sure to pick off any unhealthy leaves, and to wash in salt water, and let it soak for a few minutes. The soak, kills any insects that may have been in the plant at the time of harvest. I drain the water, and wash individual stems, before tying the bunches. I use cotton sewing thread, and wrap a length somewhat tightly around the stem end. Then I take it outside, and shake off any missed insects and excess water, before hanging in my home. I choose a place that has little light, for drying. Making sure my bunches are loose and air can pass through the leaves, and also I bunch in 6 to 8 stems, depending upon the thickness of the bunch. Large bunches, do not dry as well. This gives my home a nice herbal aroma during the drying time, which is 2 to 3 weeks.

    Sweet Basil, is also called St John's Wort, in some English speaking countries, and is know as a mood enhancer among many other benefits. It contains antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Sweet Basil is a good source of Vitamins A and K, minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium and iron.

    It is known as a holy herb, among many nations. For more on this herb, please see: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/basil-herb.html

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