Basil has shown unique health-protecting effects and is commonly used in Ayurvedic Medicine. The remarkable array of active components called flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. This wonderful green herb is rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, folate, potassium and calcium – and is also high in antioxidants. Basil is believed to have anti-aging properties, anti-bacterial properties, supports cardiovascular health, protects against free radical damage and reduces inflammation and swelling.
The name “basil” is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means “royal,” reflecting that ancient culture’s attitudes towards an herb that they held to be very noble and sacred. The tradition of reverence of basil has continued in other cultures. In India, basil was cherished as an icon of hospitality. In Italy, it was a symbol of love.
We hope you enjoy this Raw Basil Pesto Recipe and feel free to experiment with your own creations. Pesto can be made in endless varieties – only limited by creativity!
- 2 C. walnuts
- 1/2 C. of olive oil (or other recommended oil to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. Celtic or Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 C, basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
In food processor, process nuts with S-blade until fine. Add remaining ingredients and process until very smooth.
The best oils to use in salad dressings are those high in omega-3 such as walnut, flax, and hemp, as well as sesame oil, which is very high in antioxidants. We recommend in our recipes that one can try substituting these oils for olive oil. (Excerpt from There is a Cure for Diabetes)
Rajasic foods are more stimulating to the nervous system. One will often feel some immediate increased energy from eating them. Coffee, tea, tobacco, fresh meats, and large amounts of stimulating spices such as garlic and onions are examples of rajasic foods. These foods will energize us for our worldly activities, but this energization does not always happen in the clearest and most balanced way. A rajasic diet makes the mind go outward. These foods stimulate us to be busy and active, but activity can turn into agitation and restlessness. They tend to push our mind and body beyond its limits. If this is done long enough, we eventually go into imbalance and disease begins to manifest. An example of this is the coffee addict who needs more and more coffee to keep pumped up to do work. (Excerpt from Spiritual Nutrition)