Spring has SprungOctober 9, 2017
Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober 31, 2017
This week’s blog is about is about basil which has some amazing medicinal qualities such as Essential oils obtained from its leaves have been known to inhibit several strains of pathogenic bacteria (AKA nasty bugs) which have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Also washing fruits and vegetables in a very low concentration solution of basil or thyme can lower cases of gastroenteritis. You can also add basil with balsamic vinegar to fresh salads which will not only make it taste amazing it can also help ensure its safe to eat.
Basil is also known to have beneficial anti-Inflammatory properties, so instead of reaching for an ibuprofen try adding more basil to your diet. It is also a great source of magnesium which promotes cardiovascular health by relaxing muscles and blood vessels, improving blood flow.
How to use it:
- Basil is most popularly used in Basil Pesto, combine fresh chopped basil with garlic and a small amount of olive oil to make a dairy-free variety of pesto or you can add some cottage cheese that can top a variety of dishes including pasta and fish.
- It is best used fresh and put in dishes at the end of cooking to retain its flavour.
- Adding basil to healthy stir-fries with chilli, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts with a little salt reduced soy.
- Purée basil and onions and add to tomato based soups.
- Use in tomato pasta sauces.
- Basil and Tomato Bruschetta is fabulous on a piece of wholegrain crusted bread or on white fish.
- Enjoy a warm cup of basil tea by infusing chopped basil leaves in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Sweet basil is used extensively in aromatherapy for ailments such as stress, migraine, colds and hay fever. It is quite effective for tension headaches, exhaustion and digestive upsets such as stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea and enteritis.
Do you have any different uses for Basil?