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Sweet Basil – Parrot food on our porch

posted by Gudrun @ 14:55 PM
June 9, 2009

parrot foodHerbs are wonderful parrot food.

Hippocrates (the father of medicine) said already over 2000 years ago: let food be your medicine and medicine be your food. Many herbs are healing and nutritious at the same time. So, why not grow them at home as parrot food.

 Some people are happy enough to have a garden; others have to do with a porch, balcony or even a windowsill. But where there is a will, there is space for a few pots of herbs. When it comes to growing plants, it just takes a small space and some light.  In my next blogs I will share some of the wonderful uses of herbs as parrot food and toys.

 Lets start right away with the easy to grow, yummy, and healthy sweet basil. Every spring it is one of the first ones when grown indoors from seeds or to find at the stores in pots. I really love the smell. But mosquitoes don’t. So, there is the first great thing about it, it keeps mosquitoes away.

Excerpt from my book ‘What Happened to my Peanuts’:

Basil enhances the flavor of a dish, and at the same time supports the digestive system. It calms an upset stomach, is a good remedy for nausea and is said to prevent peptic ulcers and other stress-related conditions like hypertension. It is also known for its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties. Its leaves can be applied to itchy skin, insect bites and skin problems. Medicinally, it is mostly useful for its ability to reduce blood sugar levels. 

I always sprinkle it over the fresh parrot food I make daily for my birds. When the bushes become really full and large, I take branches and wave them in the cage bars or in the forage toys. Especially my cockatoo thinks I am doing the waving wrong. He finds always better ways to wrap them around his perches, toys, cage bars, etc.

But all 11 of my birds think it is a wonderful toy to shred and make a mess.

Lets start to implement natural,  if possible organic, fresh herbs into our parrot food.

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