I still have a lot of dried basil. I love using it to season many dishes I make, but I’ve still only made a small dent in it with this use. More substantially, I have been enjoying it as a hot tea, either by itself or with another herb or too. Add a touch of honey and it’s perfect. I have heard people say they drink it for its benefits, not its taste; I like the taste too so I drink it for both.
Now just the occasion of having a hot cup of herbal tea can be calming, but some herbs aid that and basil is one of them. It can help with emotional stability, easing depression and anxiety (though maybe not as effectively as the powerhouse – holy basil). It can also aid digestion. Of course in my case, digestion troubles have frequently been tied to anxiety so the help is twofold.
Even if you don’t need these benefits, try a cup if you like basil. It’ll add another way you can use your fall harvest of the herb.