A favorite among herbs, basil is fragrant, beautiful and delicious.  Everything can be made simply better with the addition of its fresh, pungent leaves.  It has been found to contain powerful flavonoids (orientin and vicenin) and oils that promote health.  Named after the ancient Greek word, “basilikohn,” basil means “royal”.  It demonstrated hospitality, friendship and honor wherever it was served.  Basil boosts LIVING YOUNGER!

Here are three great benefits of basil:

  1. Improved Balance of Cortisol and Blood Sugar:  When you’re under stress – late for an important meeting, watching the news, or stuck in traffic – your adrenal gland produces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.  They have the short-term, positive benefit of helping you cope.  The long-term, chronic result is that they weaken your body, increase your blood sugar, and set you up for health complications.  Basil boosts LIVING YOUNGER by helping to normalize cortisol and blood sugar levels.  
  2. Antimicrobial Protection:  When researchers tested basil oil in diluted concentrations against serious, but common, drug-resistant bacteria, it was found to reduce the negative effect of the bacteria.  Basil has been used in traditional medicine and has been recently explored as a natural treatment for tuberculosis.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Protection:  Considered an anti-inflammatory food, basil contains a volatile oil, eugenol, which has been found to block the activity of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme.  Many over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications like non-steroidals (NSAIDS) work by inhibiting this same enzyme.  Basil has zero side effects.    

Basil is simple to grow organically from seeds in a pot, indoors or out.  We keep it going all winter long at our house!  Click here for directions.  Basil is not only good looking, it also has a great personality!  Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

To select the most nutritious and delicious basil, look for vibrantly colored leaves and avoid those with dark spots or yellowing.  Get organic where available.  You can freeze chopped basil in ice cube trays covered with water or bone broth, ready to add to soups or stews.

My mother grows loads of fresh basil and makes the best pesto in the world without a recipe.  Here is basically what she does:

  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh Basil leaves
  • ½ cup firmly packed fresh Parsley sprigs with stems removed
  • ½ cup firmly packed freshly torn Spinach
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup Nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, or almonds)
  • 2 large Garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • ¼-½ cup Olive Oil
  1. Put ¼ cup of the Olive Oil in the blender or food processor first.  Then, add all other ingredients.
  2. Cover and blend with several on-off turns until paste forms.
  3. This recipe is totally flexible.  Use what you have and vary the amounts.  It’s always a treat.

Pesto is traditionally good on pasta but you can enjoy it in salad dressing, with salmon, as a dip, on rice crackers, as a garnish for vegetables, on scrambled eggs – really just about anything that you want to taste better!

Basil boosts LIVING YOUNGER.  START SOMEWHERE growing a small pot of fresh, organic basil.  Experiment with its fragrant and flavorful leaves!  Enjoy with whole, fresh food naturally loaded with the nutrients that your body craves.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Basil Boosts Living Younger

Basil Boosts Living Younger