This summer herb can be found year-round, but is at its best in warm weather. In Italian folk medicine, basil was used as a blood purifier because of its rich combination of flavonoids that rid the blood of toxins. On top of that, basil contains compounds that make it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Used in pesto, sauces, salads, and stir-fry dishes, basil should be stored with its stems in a glass of water in the fridge with a plastic bag loosely draped over it.

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