Food As Medicine - Basil

Food As Medicine – Basil

Today we are going to be talking about basil. This is just growing like crazy in the garden right now and I've been making vegan pesto and freezing it to enjoy in those winter months so I figured this would be a great topic to cover since home gardening seems to be very popular this year.

Most people don't think of herbs as being very nutritionally dense, but they are packed with nutrients! Adding them daily when you cook can very beneficial to your health. Learn some of the benefits below.

Basil is loaded with goodness and contains:

  • Vitamin K

  • Manganese

  • Copper

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium

  • Folate

  • Iron

  • Omega 3 fats

  • Magnesium

Benefits for your health:

  • The flavonoids in basil provide protection on a cellular level against radiation and oxygen-based damage.

  • Basil provides protection from unwanted bacterial growth.

  • Basil is an anti-inflammatory that can provide healing benefits for people with inflammatory health problems.

  • Basil contains many of the nutrients essential for cardiovascular health.

As you can see adding basil to recipes and dressings can be very beneficial to your health. I love cutting the fresh herbs from my garden and just adding them to my salad. basil, parsley, dill, mint, and cilantro. Add a little bit of each and you'll have a very flavorful salad and could just use some oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to finish it off!

Fresh herbs can be easily grown right on your own windowsill in your kitchen year-round for you to enjoy so be sure to give it a try and add beneficial herbs to your

cooking practice ASAP. Head over and check out this article about how to get started with your own kitchen herb garden here: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-herbs-indoors-on-a-sunny-windowsill-1403425

Grab this delicious vegan pesto hummus recipe to get you started here!

Let me know if you make this and definitely share your pictures with me here: [email protected]

Xo and talk soon, T

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