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Herb of the Month - Basil

I'm sure most of you know about Basil, and its use in Mediterranean Cooking, but I have another use.

I quite often buy a tub of growing Basil from the supermarket (I know - I should grow my own - but my busy lifestyle is compounded by distinctly non-green fingers). I place the tub on the windowledge in the kitchen - the place where I always pass on my way out to the car in the morning.

I leave the plant in the plastic sheath the pot is sold in, because it forms a nearly perfect mask - a quick ruffle of the leaves, then stick my face into the sheath and inhale...

The aroma of fresh Basil is, to me, similar to the smell of freshly roasted coffee - almost always better than the finished product. The aroma never fails to lift my spirits - even if I know I'm heading into the office for a particularly gruelling day, the Basil cheers me up. I'm becoming more and more convinced of the beneficial effects of Aromatherapy.

Maybe this is because I have a mediterranean background.

What effect does the aroma of a herb or spice have on you? Let us know.


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