Basil

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I’ve been suffering from these sinus headaches for years. They are brought on by caffeine, and some other things that I’m not as sure about. Lately, eating out at restaurants has resulted in a sinus headache. What makes these sinus headaches such a big deal is that they last for 3 days. They aren’t just a headache, either. They just tap my energy and make me feel ill. As you can probably guess, I’ve tried various pain killers and decongestants, although I haven’t tried that many, because I hate putting unnecessary chemicals in my body. The last decongestant I tried had no significant benefit, but later in the day, my headache got even worse.

Yesterday, on the way home from the protest march, I stopped at a restaurant for dinner. By the time I went to bed, I had a raging sinus headache and I was looking at suffering through the next 3 days.

When I have one of these headaches, I spend an inordinate amount of time lying down and thinking about how I can get the pain to stop. Today was no exception. Not long ago, I read that basil contains an anti-inflammatory agent. That fact popped into my head as I lay awake in bed this morning. It just happens to be that I grow basil in my garden, so I went out and harvested a handful of basil leaves and ate them. At least I know the stuff from my garden doesn’t contain any chemicals. There was absolutely no risk in testing the basil. The results were not instantaneous. The headache abated some after a couple of hours, and I ate more basil as the day progressed. About 6 hours after the initial dose, the headache was mostly, if not completely gone. I’m pretty excited about the outcome. I can’t say, yet, if the results will be repeatable, but I’m optimistic because this headache had a full 2 days left.

I know you herbalists will say, “duh”, and I suppose I should spend more time researching herbal remedies, but I’m a really healthy person, for the most part, so when I read that stuff, I tend to forget it soon after I read it. Since I don’t grow many medicinal herbs, there isn’t much I can do with the knowledge anyway. I’m surely not going to buy a bunch of dubious concoctions from some on-line store that claims to have the cure for everything. I’m way too frugal and skeptical. I am definitely going to keep lots of basil on hand, and I may attempt to grow some other herbs that could prove useful. Right now, I’ve always got a good supply of aloe, basil and plantain (the weed). Heretofore, I thought the basil was just for cooking.

So, the bad news is that I am still very sensitive to what I eat, and I seem to be getting more sensitive. The good news is that I may not have to suffer so long when I slip up and eat or drink something I should not.

I hope this information helps someone. I don’t know when I might get another headache, but I’ll report whether or not the results are repeatable, when I do.

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