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Basil, the ‘strewing herb’

Native to India and cultivated for at least 4000 years, Basil (Ocimum basilicum), commonly referred to as Tulsi or sweet Basil, is best known for its sacred and culinary uses. In India, Basil is grown in the gardens of many families, and is mainly used as a sacred herb and is offered to the gods daily. This wonder herb has many therapeutic properties and is one of the main herbs used in Ayurveda.

Basil reached Europe in 16th century and was used in a very interetsingly.  ‘Strewing’ was an innovative house hold technique, where herbs were scattered on the floor or hung to serve as a room freshener, insecticide and disinfectant. Basil, owing to its antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties was used as a ‘strewing herb’. Egyptians too used it in their embalming concoctions, for its sweet spicy aromatic fragrance.

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The essential oil of this herb serves as an ideal nerve tonic to lift fatigue, anxiety and depression. Few drops of the oil inhaled through steam can help cure alleviate bronchitis, fever and cold. The oil is generic cialis online extracted by steam distillation and is mainly obtained from the flowering tops and leaves. All commercials cialis in all, this essential oil is balancing and fortifying.

The next time you run out of room fresheners or catch a cold, you know what you need to pick up 🙂

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