ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Basil in your Bedroom

Updated on August 27, 2017
Breelyn Sirk profile image

Breelyn is a vet tech student and mom to a 3 year old girl. She loves collecting books, video games, and doing anything out in the wild.

Isabella and the Pot of Basil

Isabella, or the Pot of Basil (1818) is a narrative poem by John Keats adapted from a story in Boccaccio's Decameron (IV, 5). It tells the tale of a young woman whose family intend to marry her to "some high noble and his olive trees", but who falls
Isabella, or the Pot of Basil (1818) is a narrative poem by John Keats adapted from a story in Boccaccio's Decameron (IV, 5). It tells the tale of a young woman whose family intend to marry her to "some high noble and his olive trees", but who falls | Source

Basil the Beauty

It doesn't matter the species or religion, living things know a good thing when they taste it
It doesn't matter the species or religion, living things know a good thing when they taste it

History and Fame of Rosemary

Basil has been famous for a lot longer than pesto has been around. The first record of basil being used was 4,000 years ago. It has since been discovered to be useful medicinally to treat headaches, anxiety, and stomach cramps. Holy basil is often referred to as Saint Joseph's Wort. Saint Joesph is a figure in the Christian religion, he is Mary's husband, and "step-father" to Jesus.

There is a variety of holy basil called Tulsi that also plays a part in Hinduism and their worship of Vishnu. Holy basil is mostly cultivated in the regions of Southeast Asia.

Holy basil also helps with circulation and boosts testosterone levels. These two things combined can greatly help men who may be having troubles in the bedroom. It is also believed to help increase fertility levels.

All types of basil are nutritional powerhouses as well, being high in Vitamin K, potassium, and copper. This makes it extra beneficial to add basil to dishes.

Member of the Labiatae family also known as the mint family. It is famous for its pleasant aroma; many enjoy putting basil on top of their salads simply to enjoy the whiff of whichever particular basil they prefer best. It is the chemical composition that gives each cultivar of basil its unique scent.

Chemical Properties of Rosemary

The added benefit of the chemical mixtures also makes Sweet basil an excellent insect repellent. If one only crushes the leaves and rubs it on their skin, it will help repel mosquitos away from your body. Fewer mosquitos equal less itchy bites to deal with in the morning. It is also said to soothe insect bite irritation as well.

Another idea to try with your yummy scented basil leaves is to dry the herbs in your bedroom closets to make it smell nice. This will not only help you sleep, but making the bedroom an inviting place can help stimulate romance between partners.

One thing to keep in mind with any plant while you are growing it is, what will I be doing with this in the end? If you are consuming or making anything out of it, then you don't want to lose any of the oils that are found naturally in the leaves. It is the chemical compositions of those, as well as those of the scent it gives off, that gives it its' medicinal properties. Some of the chemicals that are found in different basils include :

• Citronellol; also found in scented geraniums
• Eugenol
• Myrcene (also found in bay leaves)

Fresh basil leaves are used daily throughout the world

In thai cuisine, it is traditional to include basil in soup
In thai cuisine, it is traditional to include basil in soup

Various Varieties

There are currently over 150 different cultivars of basil, and if you are eating Pesto, the then chances are that you are eating some basil that is grown in the Mediterranean region where it originates. Pesto is a sauce that gets its main flavor and color from the basil ingredient. It is delicious when used traditionally as a pasta sauce, or as a healthy alternative to mayo, a sandwich spread. Some famous basil varieties include

• 'Sweet Dani' is another type of citrus basil that was first developed in 1998 and is now widely used commercially.
• 'Toscano' is a variety with large ruffled leaves that are sometimes used to wrap sushi rolls instead of seaweed.
• Lemon basil, used widely in Indonesia where they prefer to eat it raw

Ladybugs, Aphid Hunters

Nature's aphid hunter, the lady bug is actually a beetle
Nature's aphid hunter, the lady bug is actually a beetle

How to care for your Basil plant

Basil is a highly hardy herb. It prefers loamy, loose soil. It does not need to be often fertilized, but if you do decide to, a liquid kelp spray is an excellent choice. One of the most important things if you grow basil is to keep pruning it throughout the season. Do this by cutting right above a pair leaves on the stem. It also is tolerant to dry conditions, but take it inside if temperatures get below 50o F.

The everyday gardener's nemesis, the aphid, does enjoy infesting basil now and again. A good spray of water (make sure it's not "hard" water) on the leaves will knock them and stop holes from forming in the leaves. You can also tell if you have aphids by looking for very small beads of clear plant sap on the leaves or stems.


Another easy and natural way to control aphids is to buy a container of ladybugs at your local nursery, then release them among your plants. Ladybugs are predators of aphids, so not only are they cute but helpful as well. The best time to release lady bugs is at early evening when the sun starts to set.


Basil Vinegar

Try adding different kinds of herbs to create your own flavor of basil vinegar
Try adding different kinds of herbs to create your own flavor of basil vinegar

Holy Basil Vinegar Recipe

  1. Cut Basil leaves off from the plant. Do this by clipping close to where the leaf part starts, but be careful not to take too much of the stem along with it.
  2. Rinse off Basil and pat dry with paper towels or set on drying rack until moisture is gone
  3. Put dried off herbs into clean jar, about ¾ full. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar until it is almost full. Put lid on tightly and place in sunny window
  4. Wait 3-4 weeks, strain herbs and rebottle

Most Popular Herbs

What is your favorite type of herb?

See results

© 2017 Breelyn

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)