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5 Reasons Why You Should Grow Thai Basil at Home

Basil is evermore a part of Thai cuisine. The aroma of Thai basil is enough to turn heads on. The distinct flavour it adds to the dishes along with exotic herbs is out of the world.

Summer is the right time to grow basil at home and what better way to add joy to your hobbies than encourage your kids to join you in planting a basil and see the joy of blooming.

5 reasons to grow basil at yoru house

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That way you don’t have to run to the grocery store to grab a bunch of Basil every time you plan to cook a Thai meal. Cut them as and when you want for your curries, salads and even add them to refreshing drinks. From being a great stress buster to clearing your skin, this herb has great mind-body healing benefits.

Here are 5 reasons why you should grow Thai basil at home:

1. Fresh Basil is only a few steps away from the kitchen:

One of the reasons why you should grow basil at home is because your backyard is just a few steps away and  you can get them as and when you want.

2. It is safe

The basil in your garden is fresh and free from pesticides. It is grown organically and is very safe to consume.

3. Variety is the spice of life

There are at least 4-5 varieties of basil and Thai basil si one of them. So you have all varieties under one roof and needn’t go running to the store.

5 reasons to grow basil at your house

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4. It’s healthy and relieves stress

Yes, having a green patch is always a stress buster. Watching the plants grow is soothing for your mind and body. Plus basil has several health benefits and medicinal value.

5. You save Money

The smartest way to save money is in your backyard. Just sow a few basil seeds and watch them grow. You will harvest happiness for sure.

Here are 3 simple steps to grow basil in your backyard:

1. Get basil seeds and red soil/vermicompost from the garden store/online. Prepare the soil container and make small holes at the bottom of it for water to transpire. Add the soil and sprinkle some water( this is to prepare the seeds for germination).

2. Sow the basil seeds and sprinkle some soil over the seeds. Basil needs a lot of warmth and heat. Until the seeds start sprouting leave the containers in a semi-shade area. Sprinkle some water once or twice a day and never let the soil dry out.

3. When the plants become a few inches tall and leaves start to grow wider transfer them to a larger container and harvest them in about 20-25 days.

5 Health benefits of Basil:

1. Basil is rich in antioxidants and is an excellent source of iron. Helps in fighting against anemia.

2. Basil leaves have many ani-bacterial and anti-viral properties that fight against diseases and boosts the immune system.

3. Basil leaves have a great medicinal value. If you are down with cough or cold, all you have to do is boil a handful of basil leaves in water and drink that concoction for about 3 times a day. It relieves sore throat as well.

4. Basil has been found to be beneficial in improving cardiovascular health and hence keeps you heart healthy.

5. Lastly, basil is known to be helpful in relieving nausea. A concoction made of basil, ginger, lime and honey is known to prevent vomiting with immediate effect.

Isn’t that enough reasons to grow your own basil at home?

Check out some of the delicious Asian recipes using basil:

Spicy Basil Fish (Pla Pad Kaprow)
Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry
Pork Holy Basil with Laksa Paste
Spicy Stir-Fry Basil with Chicken and Green Beans

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