Basil benefit and history
You think that Basil came from Italy, has it been used a lot there, or at least I thought it did, but no. Basil originated from India, believe it or not. It finds his way to Italy at some point, after Greek. Basil in Greek mean Royal and it is a very special and healing herb. In China this herb is used for muscle stomach spasms, kidney problems, and poor circulation. Basil has also a protective component as an anti-oxidant. It has an antibacterial ad antiworm property as well. Hence is really good for the health of the intestinal tract in general. As an anti-bacterial, basil can be used by itself fresh in salads, or with bruschetta (toasted bread with tomatoes, olive oil and garlic). In pesto with olive oil and garlic, freshly made. Some people will also use it in water and drinks to give a nice taste!
Fresh Basil is the best to use, you can plant it, even though I never manage to keep it for long for some reason, or you can buy it in a pot, and that does not last long. My parents Basil seem to grow by itself, in the glorious sunshine. Basil also has got a lot of chlorophyll, like any other green leafy plant, which gives that energy from the sunshine!
Dill is another nice herb to use and have in your kitchen (that includes rosemary, thyme and more)
Dill is of the same family herbs of carrots, fennels, celery and parsley. Again, this herbs traditionally was used to calm the stomach and intestinal tract as well as have a good night sleep. This herb has got a very nice sweet taste. Dill comes originally from Western Africa and the Mediterranean region. Both Basil and Dill have been used in the ancient Egyptians. Dill like Basil and many culinary herbs, has many healings property. Soldiers, in the ancient times, would put burned dill seeds on their wounds to heal. Energetically, this herb was used for a lot of other things too, to protect the heart and more!
The health benefit of dill as I mentioned above are carminative of the intestinal tract spasm and to reduce flatulence. Dill also has shown antioxidative properties, as well as anti-microbial properties. It promotes detoxification of the liver from chemical toxins, it does this by activating the anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, a powerful antioxidant enzyme that transform powerful chemical toxins into less toxic molecules.
Using the combination of Dill and Basil fresh herbs into your salads, or making a pesto and adding garlic and dill into that, would make a great combination for the anti-microbial, intestinal tract reducing spams, in case of a gastro-enteritis and soothing of the intestinal tract. If used often, it will be a protective combination for your intestinal tract and your own health in general.
From “Healing foods” (Micheal Murray)
© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapy – NAET – R-Craniosacral therapy – NLP practitioner – Certified Angel Guide – Mindfulness meditation teacher