How to grow basil from cuttings?
Basil is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine, which is becoming more popular every year. So I want to share with you a little trick — how to grow Basil from cuttings in water. This trick will help you save money and get enough of this flavorful seasoning for salads, second courses, and preserves.
Preparing shoots for growing Basil from cuttings
Today, green Basil bushes can be bought in any supermarket. This is what we will use. Sometimes the plant is sold with the roots, sometimes without. This is not so important, as long as the plant is not too wilted. We still need scissors or a sharp knife, clean tap or spring water, a glass jar.
Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut off the side shoots 5-6 cm long right under the leaf node.
If there are small leaves in the node, you can leave them. We place the cut shoots in glass jars, which we transfer to a well-lit windowsill. Direct sunlight on the cuttings is undesirable, since they can cause sunburn and, as a result, their death. Several cuttings can be placed in one jar.
Care for Basil from cuttings. If we carry out cuttings in early spring, we must remember that Basil is a heat-loving plant. Therefore, we place cans with shoots on a warm, well-lit windowsill. There are no such problems in summer.
It is advisable to change the water in the Bank every day. In about a week, tiny white dots will begin to appear on the shoots. It was the roots that popped out. Every day their number will increase.
When the roots reach 4 cm, plants can be planted in pots with nutritious soil and good drainage.
The soil should always be moist. In dry soil, Basil from cuttings grown on water, turn into bushes, with small and stunted leaves. Basil with sprouted roots can be left in the water. When the Basil from the cuttings reaches 12-15 cm, you can cut off the tops. We eat them or root them. Removing the top stimulates the active formation of side shoots, the bushes become lush.
If Basil from cuttings is grown in water, it needs additional nutrition, since there are almost no nutrients in clean water. Foliar fertilizing will accelerate the growth of Basil. it is enough to add just a few drops of organic fertilizer for deciduous plants once a week.
Basil, like all plants, is susceptible to diseases. Although indoor flowers get sick less often, but still sometimes this can happen. A common Basil disease is gray mold and Fusarium. In order that the plant does not get sick, try not to water it too much. The main thing is that the soil is not too wet. If the plant is still sick, then remove all the damaged leaves and stems, so that the disease does not go further.
Holy Basil weight loss: learning how to properly use leaves and seeds in diet dishes and drinks
Useful properties: Almost all spices have fat-burning properties. Most often, they are prepared from medicinal plants that can be actively used not only as folk medicine, but also in the fight against excess pounds. You just need to know which ones are most effective and how to prepare them correctly. In particular, you can safely use Basil for weight loss.
To use this miracle plant for weight loss, you do not need to invent diets, search for tricky recipes, count the calories of food. Just add it to your diet meals. For this purpose, take not only seeds, but also leaves. Low-calorie spice will get rid of extra pounds without worrying about health, because Basil:
it is a natural absorbent, i.e. it effectively eliminates harmful substances (toxins, slags, cholesterol);
it has a slight diuretic effect if you use drinks from its seeds;
it has a stimulating effect on the digestive tract, improving digestion, which begins to work on the consumption of calories, and not the deposition of fat in reserve;
accelerates the metabolism.
With it, it is quite possible to lose 3-4 kg in a week. Don’t expect results in the first few days, because the body will need to get used to the new product. But as soon as the adaptation occurs, the weight will noticeably go away.
Origin of the name. The word “Basil” in Greek means “Royal”. According to the ancient Greeks, only the king himself could harvest this herb with a Golden Sickle.
Contraindications are: pregnancy; hypertension; individual intolerance; heart attack; coronary heart disease; diabetes; thrombophlebitis; epilepsy.
Before actively using it for weight loss, it is advisable to consult a doctor if there is one of the contraindications. Otherwise, the aggravation of existing diseases with a whole set of side effects is guaranteed to you.
Recommendations To get the most out of the plant, follow these recommendations.
- Do not buy seeds in stores that sell planting materials, as they are treated with fertilizers.
- The result of weight loss can be improved if you combine the use of spices with physical activity. But you do not need to be exhausted to complete exhaustion — it will be enough to charge.
- It is better to use it fresh.
- If the recipe involves heat treatment, Basil should be added to the dish at the very end so that it can retain more vitamins.
- Leaves in crushed form are put in salads, you can stew with vegetables, add to sandwiches. Since they are distant relatives of mint, the sprig can even be brewed in tea.
- The most effective in terms of weight loss is tea and other beverages, which are based on Basil seeds. The product can not be taken in its pure form and in large quantities. The sprig comes out at about 12 grams, nutritionists recommend eating no more than 30 grams of such greens per day — and only as part of dietary dishes.
- The daily volume of recommended liquid from seeds is no more than 400 ml. It is advisable to take 100 ml half an hour after eating. Not up to it, because this spice has one bad property for weight loss – to excite the appetite.
- The maximum course is no longer than 3 weeks. You can only return to it after a month. If you decide to change something in this scheme — it is better to consult a nutritionist. Do not forget that any spice has a huge impact on digestion and blood circulation — two of the most important systems of the body. And any stress load on them is fraught with trouble.
Recipes: This plant has gained its popularity as a part of pesto (Italian sauce), but it is not necessary to include this dish in the diet for the time of weight loss, because its caloric content is off the scale — it contains as much as 454 kcal! For comparison, Basil leaves have only 24 calories. So look for more dietary recipes.
Classic recipe of tea
Tonic, fat-burning, digestive-enhancing Basil tea will enhance the effectiveness of any diet. To prepare it, you need to wash 50 g of greens, strip all the leaves from the twig. Rinse them first with boiling water, then under a stream of cold running water. Dry. Place in a small ceramic teapot and pour 500 ml of hot, almost boiling water. Tightly close. Infuse for 20 minutes.
You should get a drink of a rich and very unusual greenish-purple hue. All this volume must be drunk in 1 day.
10 g of seeds pour 100 ml of warm water, stir. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. During this time, they should swell. Add 100 ml of natural juice or yogurt and drink. The perfect Breakfast for weight loss!
In different containers, cook for 5 minutes 2 zucchini and 250 g of string beans, cool. Peel 1 bell pepper from the seeds, chop into strips. Chop 2 cloves of garlic, mix with 50 g of Basil leaves. Cut 2 cherry tomatoes into circles. Mix everything and add spices. Salt is undesirable.
The following products: 20 g of grated ginger root, juice of 1 lemon, 4 sprigs of Basil, a glass of water, 10 g of dry yeast. Pour the mixture into a 2-liter plastic bottle. Leave for a day at room temperature, and then put in the refrigerator for another day. If you haven’t tried adding Basil to dishes as a spice before, it’s never too late to start.
However, the process of losing weight involves its use in quite large quantities, so do not forget to check whether you have allergies.