Basil. I am in love with basil. If I could marry this plant, I would. The scent, the way it lingers on your hand after you pick it. It is just intoxicating.
When growing basil Make sure that the soil is moist. Basil plants like moisture. If you live in a hot area, use mulch around the basil plants (the mulch will help keep the soil moist). Make sure to pick the leaves regularly to encourage growth throughout the summer. After 6 weeks, pinch off the center shoot to prevent early flowering. If flowers do grow, just cut them off. If the weather is going to be cold, be sure to harvest your basil beforehand, as the cold weather will destroy your plants.
Basil is great for healing fevers, coughs, sore throats, respiratory issues, kidney stones, heart problems, stress, is kid friendly, too! Basil tea is a great method for all these ailments.