We had an odd turn of the weather at the end of May. We had days that were in the high 90s, then suddenly it turned chilly and windy. I paid attention only to the temperatures which were to be in the low 50s, not at all thinking about the unseasonable winds which created a wind chill in the 40s and below.
I had planted out all my basil seedlings, including my Holy Basil seedlings on Memorial Day weekend. The wind frosted them (basil does not really like temps in the 40s especially when young and tender.) I tried to nurture them back to health and although I rescued the purple basil and the sweet basil, the lemon basil and the Holy basil eventually all died. This week I bought replacement plants from a local nursery - Hacker's Glen Bard Gardens in Lombard, IL.
|Holy Basil seedlings|
Here is a tea recipe you can use Holy Basil in.
1 Tbls. Bergamot (Bee Balm)
1/2 Tbls. Holy Basil (any variety)
1/2 Tbls. Lemon Balm
1/2 Tbls lavender flowers
Mix together and store in an air-tight container. To make tea use 1 heaping tsp. per cup of hot water and let steep 5 to 10 minutes depending on your tastes.
We use Holy Basil to make our Green Chai Basil Tea (scroll to the bottom of the website page to find it) and hope to add a Holy basil curative tea to our offerings this fall. We will see how the harvest of these plants goes.