Many people are gathering today to witness this astronomical alignment! I have heard of so many different ways that people are going to spend their time during the eclipse. Some are gathering to meditate and focus positive energies and others will spend their time in prayer and reflection. All while one of the largest citizen science experiments is going to be conducted tracking the moons shadow as it races across the country creating an awesome collaborated record of the eclipse! This is sure to be the event of the century!
Photo By: Mary Willoughby 8/21/17
Hope yall are ready for today's solar eclipse! I know everyone here at Hidden Realms is excited to see the event. Make sure that you stay safe and protect your eyes😎
And don't for get to ck out Hidden Realms shop!
Basil ~ Ocimum basilicum, from the Lamiaceae family, also called great basil, Saint-Joseph's-wort, the king of herbs, and the royal herb.
Basil is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and more. This fragrant herb is used in a great number of dishes from the well known Pesto to Pizza!
Photo By: Mary Willoughby
There are many types of Basil
Cinnamon basil ~ Also called Mexican spice basil, with a strong scent of cinnamate, the same chemical as in cinnamon. Has purple flowers.
Sweet basil ~ the most commonly grown type has a strong clove scent when fresh.
Lettuce leaf basil~ Has leaves so large they are sometimes used in salads
Red Rubin basil ~ Strong magenta color, similar flavor to sweet basil, also called Opal basil.
Boxwood basil ~ Grows tightly like boxwood, very small leaves, strong flavor, great for pesto.
Purple Ruffles basil ~ Solid purple, rich and spicy
Spicy globe basil ~ Grows in a bush form, very small leaves, strong flavor.
Lemon basil ~ Contains citral and limonene, therefore actually does smell very lemony, tastes sweeter. Originally, and sometimes still, called "hoary basil".
Holy Basil~Lavender flowers with coarse gray green foliage. Sweet fragrance and very ornamental. Not used in cooking
Plus many more!!
Photo By: Mary Willoughby
How to grow~
Cover sown seeds in 1/4 in of soil in a Sunny location. Pick a spot in your garden that receives 6 to 8 hrs of light daily. You may also choose to grow your basil in a container on your patio or in the window of your kitchen. Make sure you have good drainage in your container. Once your plants have 2-3 leaves sprouted thin your Basil plants 6 to 12 inches apart.
Water every 7-10 days, depending on the region you live in you may need to water more or less to keep soil moist.
Tip ~ Always water your herbs the night before you harvest them~💦
The best time to harvest is in the early morning after the dew, and before the leaves are warmed by the sun, this is when the oils in the leaf is at the highest.
Cut or pinch stems right above a leaf pair, and as with most all herbs don't harvest more than 1/3 of the plant height at a time. Harvesting/pruning your plant every two to three weeks will promote growth! Pinch flowers as the appear to promote flavor and growth in your leaves. Allow flowers to grow once you want to get seeds from your plant. Grows well with jalapenos and tomatoes!
Parts Used ~ Leafs🍃
To preserve fresh cuttings place Basil, stems in water, near a window, change the water daily. Basil can be hung to dry, infused with oils and vinegar's or chopped and frozen in butter cubes for later use.
The seeds are contained in the blooms of the Basil Plant. Once the flower is spent and brown clip them off to harvest the tiny black seeds.
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To extract the seeds from the husks rub them in a fine colander over a plate or bowl and they will begin to fall through.
Meta uses ~🔮
Basil has been used by many cultures in many different ways over the centuries. including for healing, protection, love and bliss, purification, peace, money, and luck!
Whether you use it in oil form fresh or dried herbs it can be utilized in cooking, bathes, sachets, sprays, washes, charms and more!!
Other aromatic herbs that are also part of the Lamiaceae family!
oregano, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, andMint.
Handmaking your own candles can be a wonderful way to bring light and warmth into your home and hearth!
There are various different types of candles you can make from, poured container, dipped or tapered, tea light, to rolled candles. and if you are feeling really creative you can try your hand at carving!
Candles can be made using left over or new wax.
Today I am making Tea Light Autumn Inspired candles!
So Gather your Crafting Supplies and lets begin!!
You will need:
container for melting -double boiler
Measure the amount of wax according to your need, I am pouring a few tea light candles that hold about an ounce of wax each.
once your wax is melted add your color and fragrance, if needed.
I am using Pumpkin Pie fragrance and I reused red and yellow wax to make my Autumn candles Orange!
Once you have your wick secure gently pour your wax into your container
As soon as your wax has cooled you can enjoy your wonderful creation!