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Basil! (Not to be confused with the farm cat!)

Adding extra herbs to your diet is a great way to utilize the wonderful healing abilities of food and to embrace it as a type of preventative medicine. Different herbs belong to different flavor categories: sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, and pungent. These flavor categories can support your well being in many different ways. Pungent herbs have an overall warming effect on the body and, therefore, help stimulate digestion. Think of these pungent herbs as lighting a fire to get your metabolic reactions working. In traditional medicines, they’re used for their abilities to be warming, drying, stimulating, and dispersive.

Basil is not only pungent but also aromatic. I don’t know about you but I always feel the lure of basil every time I’m at the farm stand just by getting a whiff of its delicious aroma. Because of its pungent qualities and its aromatic essential oils, basil is well known for its ability to help with digestion. It helps relax the GI tract and acts as an effective carminative (a substance that dispels gas and bloating). It also acts as an a