I grow this in my garden, and find it to be tasty and also make a refreshing tea. Does anyone else use this herb? What for, and what is the result?
Holy Basil (Tulsi) is an adaptogen. GOOD stuff! I drink the tea almost daily and it helps keep me from becoming a raging lunatic. Well most of the time it helps. I'd love to try freshly grown. What a great thing to grow in your yard.
The pesto idea sounds great. I will look for some fresh to give that a try.
Sure! I get bunches of it at the greenmarket for $1.50. I like the little bit of anise flavour that it has. I'll toss into stir fries, when I make Larb will chiffonade a bunch in, same with fresh rolls. Great to muddle with lime and top off with seltzer and ice
My mum also used to make tea out of it as a kid when we would be sick or feeling mucky.
For myself I use it as an infusion for depression and stress. I add it in small amounts to infusion blends I make for some postpartum doula clients. I use the essential oil in massage blends I make, again for aiding anxiety and depression.
I don't really like the taste or the smell of it, but it's an effective ingredient so I use it.
I had never used it fresh, but a few weeks ago I impulsively grabbed a package. I minced it finely and tossed it on my salad before pouring the o & v and I LOVED it. It's not a staple for me, but it's now a rotated favorite.