September 28, 2020

Basil

A universally known fact is that aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plants. One of the most commonly used essential oil in aromatherapy is that of Basil. Basil got its name from the Greek word basileum meaning king. Considered as “king among plants” as it was one of the ingredients on the list of oils blended to massage kings.

Basil is an important herb as its uses are two-fold, for cooking as well as to cure a variety of ailments. The herb covers and offers a plethora of medical benefits.

If added early while cooking, it loses its flavor; hence it should be used as soon as it is plucked from the plant. It ought be added towards the end of cooking. It exudes a warm, gentle unique flavor and fragrance in cooking.

The leaves of basil are steam-distilled to create oil. Medically, it provides relief to sore gums, ulcers, chest infections and digestive problems. It has been used as a brain stimulant and an antispasmodic, making it wonderful in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough.

Basil is said to have uplifting and refreshing properties. 2-3 drops of basil oil is known to relieve mental fatigue, tension, stress, mild anxiety, loss of appetite, flatulence, nausea, sinusitis, cold, fever, earaches, eases rheumatic, arthritic and muscular pains.

A potpourri of dried basil leaves and flowers creates a fragrant atmosphere wherever kept. It is also used as an insect repellent, as burned sprigs of basil drive away mosquitoes. If you keep a potted plant of basil on the windowsill, it will deter flies from entering your home.

Basil oil, when mixed with massage oil and gently rubbed over the stomach, helps to ease many types of digestive problems. Basil should be used sparingly on skin as it could cause irritation. If you want to add a few drops to your bath, dilute it with a carrier oil, or mix it with a skin cream or lotion.

It should NOT be used during pregnancy. Basil helps with depression, increases alertness, aids in concentration, relieves headaches, head congestion and migraines.

Basil regulates the menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps. The herb blends well with rosemary, lavender, bergamot, clary sage, geranium and citrus oils.

Cookware purveyor Mario Fiorucci walks you through the different materials used in cookware and which cooking techniques work best with each material. Not a …

9 thoughts on “Basil

  1. I am looking to get some good pans but I am really not sure what I should
    go for. I cook a lot of indian currys so want something good for that and
    for biriyani etc. please can you recommend something good for that. thanks

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  2. I agree that All-clad copper core line is quite nice, but the SS lines are
    no comparison to Demeyere and Zwilling Prime series. AC have several
    problems such as thin base (that is, when compared to Belgium and German
    products), uncomfortable handle that gets hot and also the handle is
    riveted rather than wielded, so the rivet head collects bits of food (you
    may think wielded handles are not strong enough, but they only needs to
    stay firm before the side of the pan reaches structure failure). As to the
    non-stick surface solely devoted to eggs, I would recommend de Buyer
    Mineral B series. Absolutely the same performance as a non-stick one when
    properly seasoned and no coating what so ever. 

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  3. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat… perhaps the best, which makes
    it very expensive. AllClad for example has a line of cookware similar to
    the one I showed in the video that uses copper in the core (the 3-ply line
    I showed in the video uses aluminum clad in the core of the pan which is
    also an excellent conductor of heat but much less expensive). Copper on the
    outside of the pots is stunning, but it does get discoloured very quickly
    and it’s VERY expensive.

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  4. I know two professional chefs. Both say that while All-Clad is an excellent
    maker of cookware, they have never used the brand in their professional
    kitchens. It’s too expensive. I notice in the background of this video, it
    certainly doesn’t look like All-Clad is being used. I would rather go to a
    restaurant supply store and get the same pots and pans that are used by pro
    chefs.They obviously gets the job done very well.

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