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Does anyone use Holy Basil

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

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?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 22, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Holy for tea and cooking - Sweet for cooking and muddling into things. Sweet Basil = Ocimum basilicum / Holy basil = Ocimum basilicum thyrsiflora - not the same but the same family :)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:27 AM

Holy basil, or just regular basil?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 10, 2012
at 04:24 PM

omg, it grows like a weed! plant some in the summer

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 09, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Do people like Mercola by the way? In general? He is always regarded as a quack in my department.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 09, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Neat to see another postpartum doula on here. I had been using skullcap and chamomile in infusions for clients, and for non-nursing moms valerian if they can handle the smell. Good to know about the holy basil in this application.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:20 PM

People selling you stuff are telling you it's good for you - it must be true!

368568eb91f1b58d2f52c9c566d331b5

(182)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:11 PM

I drink the tea daily. It hasn't done anything for my body fat, but it does seem to chill me out.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:25 PM

So here's Q's version: sprig of holy basil, handful of macadamia nuts, gallon of coconut oil. But by all means, don't pour this over pasta.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 11, 2011
at 10:55 AM

Do it! I think I need to as well.. I never thought of just twisting a pesto this far. I've made out of other herbs and nuts so this should be a fun experiment!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on August 11, 2011
at 02:41 AM

mmm, I'm going for the "killer Asian style meals"

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 10, 2011
at 09:04 PM

You know.... you could do a pesto but with adjustments and it might be kind of awesome. A neutral oil, cashew for the nut, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, a bit of fresh chili, lemongrass, maybe some lime zest. Freeze that and you could do some killer Asian style meals all the time. Salad, roasted chicken, stir fries, would be good with beef and pork, too.. fish.. hmm.. intrigued.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on August 10, 2011
at 07:11 PM

you use this variety for sauces? I use mostly Italian basil for pesto

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on August 10, 2011
at 06:29 PM

It is indeed Tusi. I like it too. Supposedly, it's an adaptogen. I've used it in times of high anxiety. It seemed to help.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 10, 2011
at 06:10 PM

yeah, i buy it as loose tea and steep it. stuff is really good. Mercola turned me on to it a while back. local joint carries a brand from india.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Ben, yep. That's it.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:22 PM

Is that the stuff in Tulsi tea? If so, I like it

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:08 PM

I heard of it but I tend to ignore everything entitled with the word "holy" (#sarcasm,don't take it too seriously)

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on August 10, 2011
at 05:46 PM

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.

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A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

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on August 10, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Pesto!!!

Chop or grind the basil, mix with oil, i usually use EVOO. Use as a sauce for anything or pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for storage.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on August 10, 2011
at 07:11 PM

you use this variety for sauces? I use mostly Italian basil for pesto

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on August 11, 2011
at 02:41 AM

mmm, I'm going for the "killer Asian style meals"

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 10, 2011
at 09:04 PM

You know.... you could do a pesto but with adjustments and it might be kind of awesome. A neutral oil, cashew for the nut, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, a bit of fresh chili, lemongrass, maybe some lime zest. Freeze that and you could do some killer Asian style meals all the time. Salad, roasted chicken, stir fries, would be good with beef and pork, too.. fish.. hmm.. intrigued.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 11, 2011
at 10:55 AM

Do it! I think I need to as well.. I never thought of just twisting a pesto this far. I've made out of other herbs and nuts so this should be a fun experiment!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on August 11, 2011
at 08:25 PM

So here's Q's version: sprig of holy basil, handful of macadamia nuts, gallon of coconut oil. But by all means, don't pour this over pasta.

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1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

on February 09, 2012
at 07:55 PM

It's an amazing anti-inflammatory food, and people pay a lot of money to supplement with it.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on February 10, 2012
at 04:24 PM

omg, it grows like a weed! plant some in the summer

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4c197bf333480ae7c349acddb781cb40

on November 30, 2011
at 06:59 AM

I was told at the health food store that Holy Basil tea is good to reduce belly fat and cortisol!

368568eb91f1b58d2f52c9c566d331b5

(182)

on November 30, 2011
at 03:11 PM

I drink the tea daily. It hasn't done anything for my body fat, but it does seem to chill me out.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:20 PM

People selling you stuff are telling you it's good for you - it must be true!

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on September 05, 2011
at 12:24 AM

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.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 09, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Neat to see another postpartum doula on here. I had been using skullcap and chamomile in infusions for clients, and for non-nursing moms valerian if they can handle the smell. Good to know about the holy basil in this application.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 10, 2011
at 06:00 PM

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.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on June 22, 2012
at 06:27 AM

Holy basil, or just regular basil?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 22, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Holy for tea and cooking - Sweet for cooking and muddling into things. Sweet Basil = Ocimum basilicum / Holy basil = Ocimum basilicum thyrsiflora - not the same but the same family :)

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:59 PM

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.

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