Basil grows easily and abundantly in this climate, and is a wonderful companion plant for tomatoes…..it is aromatic and used in cooking and for tea, basil flowers are also edible and great forage for bees.
Basil is traditionally used in cases of colds, flu, cough and respiratory problems among others….it decreases both vata and kapha, and increases pitta in excess.
2 handfuls of basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts (soaked)
fresh ground black pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
Blend, add oil if required
Mix well with cooked pasta – yummy with ghee fried panir and steamed veg
Try a fresh basil tea with honey to promote clarity of mind