Originally, basil was not the most popular herb in the bunch. The name basil means “be fragrant” but still various cultures battled with a love hate relationship over basil. One place that took a special liking to basil was Italy and to this day not many people prepare a classic pasta sauce without the basil.
Basil is related to the Mint family Most people associate anything mint with aiding the digestive system. Herbalists use basil body discomforts and anxiety. Basil can be used in a hot tea and can contribute good night sleep.
Another interesting fact about Basil is that it was considered a royal herb with a strong association pertaining to love. Basil had a relationship with how men of a much earlier time planned on proposing to their fair maidens. The man would bring a branch of Basil and if the woman accepted his gift she silently agreed to love him and be faithful to him for eternity.
To this day basil and tomato sauce have formed somewhat of a marriage almost globally. Basil is very easy to grow as long as the temperature does not fall below 50 degrees and is in full sunshine. It is popularly used both in the fresh form and dried. A rare known fact about basil is that the longer it simmers in a dish the more the flavor intensifies. This makes sense as to why people simmer their pasta sauces for so long, to bring out all of the rich herb flavors. Normally, pasta sauces basil is used in combination with oregano. However, basil is not just used for pasta or tomato sauce, it is also used for flavoring fish, vegetables, meats, and soups.
If you decide to grow an herb garden, basil plants help keep flies away. Basil is still one of the most common household herbs used today and in most areas of culinary art. When used in its freshest form, Basil is torn from the plant and then just minced up with a knife. Usually somewhere nearby, you will find some olive oil, garlic, and someone getting ready to prepare a fantastic tomato sauce. If you are not a fan of the taste, you can also purchase Basil capsules as well if you do not care for the taste of the tea.
One of the all-around yoga exercises is the 12-step salute to the sun. Do it once or twice when you get up in the morning to help relieve stiffness and invigorate the body. Multiple repetitions at night will help you to relax and fall asleep.
Stand with your feet slightly apart, palms together, thumbs against your chest.
Inhale deeply while slowly raising your hands over your head, and bend back as far as possible, while tightening your buttocks. Hold for three seconds.
Slowly exhale and bend forward, keeping your knees straight, until your fingers touch the floor outside your feet. (If you can’t touch the floor, go as close as you can.) Bring your head in toward your knees.
Slowly inhale, bend your knees, and if your fingertips aren’t outside your feet on the floor, place them there. Slide your right foot back as far as you can go, with the right knee an inch or so off the floor, (a lunge position). Now look up as high as possible, arching your back.
Before exhaling again, slide your left foot back until it is beside the right one, and with your weight supported on your palms and toes, straighten both legs so that your body forms a flat plane. Make sure your stomach is pulled in.
Slowly exhale, bend both knees to the floor, bend with your hips in the air, lower your chest and forehead to the floor.
Now inhale slowly and look up, bending your head back, then raising it, followed by your upper chest, then lower chest. Your lower body – from the navel down – should be on the floor, and your elbows should be slightly bent. Hold for three to five seconds.
Exhale slowly and raise your hips until your feet and palms are flat on the floor and your arms and legs are straight in an inverted V position.
Inhale slowly and bring your right foot forward as in position 4. The foot should be flat on the floor between your fingertips. The left leg should be almost straight behind you, with its knee slightly off the floor. Raise your head, look up, and arch your back.
Slowly exhale and bring your left foot forward next to your right one. Straighten your legs and stand, trying to keep your fingertips on the floor, and try to touch your head to your knees as in position 3.
Slowly inhale, raise your arms up and stretch back as in position 2. Don’t forget to tighten your buttocks. Hold for three seconds.
Slowly exhale, lowering your arms to your sides. Relax. Repeat the series.
Remember, Yoga is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Yoga is not recommended and is not safe under certain medical conditions. Consult your physician prior to beginning any activity program, including yoga.