Benefits of Basil
Tis the season for summer gardens, overfilling with vibrant, fresh and aromatic herbs. I want to share with you my absolute favorite herb so that you can also experience the benefits!
Growing up, I was surrounded by fresh gardens in the summer. Naturally, I gravitate towards using these culinary herbs in the summer and dry them out so that they can be used during other months. One herb, in particular has won my heart for many reasons!
Basil is a very versatile herb and can be used in many more ways than just your average pesto! In fact, fresh basil provides vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants. Often times we look only to vegetables and fruits to gain the benefits. Try to be more mindful and conscious about consuming culinary herbs for the same nutrition!
Basil is also a powerful medicinal plant for its antimicrobial benefits. Studies show that when basil essential oil was combined with other essential oils like thyme, an antibacterial effect was produced against pathogenic bacteria strains like E-Coli and Salmonella.
Check out this delicious Raspberry Basil Smoothie recipe below! I’m giving you a complimentary recipe to try this season from The Healing Roots Recipe E-Book. I hope you enjoy the flavor and healing benefits from this smoothie.
Raspberry Basil Smoothie
1 cup frozen raspberries
⅓ cup fresh basil
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ small ripe avocado
1 cup greens (optional)
Blend together until smooth and enjoy.