Basil

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HANE Tincture 101 June 2024

Just imagine row after row of amber and cobalt blue bottles lining the shelves of your herbal dispensary, each neatly labeled and filled with various shades of yellow, green, and brown herbal tinctures that you’ve crafted for a specific purpose. In the online, self-paced Tincture Making 101 Mini Course, we explore the craft of tincture making from the ground up, giving you a solid foundation that will prepare you to make, use, and formulate tinctures confidently! 

This is the perfect time for the tincture course - plants are growing abundantly and you ought to take advantage of that, to harvest and prepare your herbal preparations ready for the winter. 


Basil is just one of the most amazing herbs. The culinary uses are famous - from salads to pestos to cakes (yes really, cakes!)

For your health, it has many properties - anti-inflammatory, antibiotic - great in skin care.

It's one of the herbs that helps repel insects - mosquitos for instance...

It's so easy to grow - you can root cuttings in water or sow seeds, grow indoors or out. I always say it's a great trainer herb as it's quick to grow, it wilts quickly when it needs water and you'll get to understand about pinching out and other useful outdoor and indoor gardening techniques.

Read on to see some of the ways you'll be able to use basil - you won't be able to grow enough!


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You can try a sample lesson to help you decide if the Herbal Academy of New England is the right choice for you - click the link below.

Preview Lesson from the Introductory Herbal Course
Collage of basil photos

Issue #3 of Herb Guide News focussed on basil. You'll find the Ladybug Caprese Salad, Lemon Basil Cake and Basil, basil face mask, toner and cleanser and Tomato dog treats amongst another dozen or so articles. Click on the photo to go through to read all about it. Sign up for the monthly magazine - it's online and free! You also get a free eCourse '8 Essential Culinary Herbs' and yes, basil is included in that list!


Caprese salad

A more traditional presentation of Caprese Salad, but quickly made - great for a light lunch with some crusty bread served on the side and a nice glass of something cool and refreshing and maybe fizzy.


Basil pesto on tagliatelle

This is a classic basil pesto recipe served over tagliatelle. It is very easy to make and can be made using fresh or frozen basil - a little experiment I tried when I bought a marked down basil plant I saw in the supermarket.


Basil growing in a pot

Freezing basil is really easy. This sad looking plant here was one I felt sorry for when it was in the reduced bin so I liberated it and brought it home :-) It made a great basil pesto and a tomato and basil soup.


Young basil plants in pots

Instructions here for growing basil from seed either indoors or outdoors.

It's a good idea to plant some basil round your sitting area or grow it by your windows to help repel mosquitos and other little critters that want to bite you. A quick tip is to pick a few leaves and rub them on your skin - the essential oils released will help protect you.

Bear in mind, that not every herb works in the same way for everybody - so don't dismiss basil if you still get bitten. Try one of the other Herbs to Repel Mosquitos here or get Issue #5 of Herb Guide News which is focussed on natural bug repellants.


Glass of water

The health benefits of basil are quite surprising. Something that is so versatile and tastes so good, can actually be beneficial - wow!. This article written by my friend Danny, outlines some of the great benefits you can get, telling you what minerals and vitamins it contains and how and why it can help you.


More basil recipes for you to try

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