Basil….. Yummy Basil…… Pesto…..

Basil is so delicious, so healthy and my current favorite herb.

I’m not extracting my basil, I’m not processing it at all, and loving the raw energy. We have always used basil to increase energy and stamina in the dispensary, and I think its number one when you want a lift emotionally, physically and mentally

We made this pesto recipe yesterday and it was so delicious. I visited Shaye and Lee, and came home with a big armful of their gorgeous organic basil from the garden, So this is what we did with it.

Dom’s basil pesto recipe from yesterday

what you need

1. Lots of basil we used about 500 grams of leaves in a big bowl

2. 200ml of olive oil and avocado oil blend. ( or just 200ml of your favorite oil)

3. 150 grams of parmessan cheese grated fine

4. 150 grams of macadamia nuts raw

5. a pinch of salt

6. A splash of your favorite vinegar

7. a dollop of raw honey

8. about 3 cloves of garlic

9. 2 onions peeled and finely sliced.

Now to blend it all together 

We use a stick blender and a lot of patience.

Then you get to eat it. We cooked some gluten free pasta and stirred the  pesto through the pasta and ate it steamy hot. Then today there was some left over, so its the most delicious cold pasta salad for lunch.

Basil is also known as Tulsi, its is a strong and reputable medicine in many cultures. Traditionally used for all manner of ailments both internally and externally.

Here is some science behind Basil as an amazing emerging evidence based medicine and you will see this information and full references in my new upcoming book ” the Magic of Food as Medicine” But for now I am giving you the finer points as info which may entice you to get my book. which you can get online on my website

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • ability to protect DNA chromosomes. These can be damaged by exposure to radiation and toxins, producing free radicals that alter the genetic material inside cells and cause DNA mutations that are linked to the growth of cancer. [i]
  • In a study published in the journal Radiation Research, mice received orientin or vicenin two flavonoid actives in basil before being exposed to radiation in bone marrow cells. Scientists concluded that both flavonoids significantly reduced chromosomal damage, most likely because of their antioxidant properties.[ii]
  • Numerous studies have shown basil’s potential to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria. These antibacterial effects are attributed to the main constituents in basil’s essential oils, including estragoleeugenol, rosmarinic acid,linaloolmethylchavikol, and oleanolic acid.
  • In a study done by Iranian scientists, basil’s essential oils were shown in laboratory tests to be effective in retarding the growth of bacteria strains Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus andEscherichia coli.[iii]
  • Basil leaf extract has a positive impact on the regulation of hypothalamo-hypophyseal-adrenocortical axis (HHA axis), a system that controls reactions to stress.[iv]
  • Eugenol has been shown in research to reduce inflammation from arthritis.[v]

[i] Greenman C, Stephens P, Smith R, et al. Patterns of somatic mutation in human cancer genomes. Nature. 2007; 446(1732): 153-158.

 

[ii] Nayak V, Devi PU. Protection of mouse bone marrow against radiation-induced chromosome damage and stem cell death by the ocimum flavonoids orientin and vicenin. Radiat Res. 2005; 163(2): 165-171.

 

[iii] Moghaddam AMD, Shayegh J, Mikaili P, Sharaf JD. Antimicrobial activity of essential oil extract of Ocimum basilicum L. leaves on a variety of pathogenic bacteria. J Med Plant Res. 2011; 5(15):3453-3456.

 

[iv] Bhattacharyya D, Sur TK, Jana U, Debnath PK. Controlled programmed trial of Ocimum sanctum leaf on generalized anxiety disorders. Nepal Med Coll J. 2008; 10(3):176-9.

 

[v] Sharma JN, Srivastava KC, Gan EK. Suppressive effects of eugenol and ginger oil on arthritic rats. Pharmacology. 1994; 49(5):314-318.

 

Basil…. sweet delicious pesto recipe from Dom

Enjoy your pesto, its my favorite food this week.

Sat Nam and with love as always Dom xoxox

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