Last week, The Weekly Beet praised the benefits of the power of prayer! This week, The Beet reports on one of the most healing herbs on Planet Earth. Mary Kent honors the holiest of miracle herbs, while wearing a crown of Holy Basil.
Known as Ocimum sanctum in Latin, Holy Basil, one of at least fifty species of Basil, has been used as a medicinal herb in India for thousands of years. Called Tulsi in Ayurvedic medicine to mean 'The Incomparable One', this herb is truly a testimony to its name. The sacredness of the plant is so highly revered that many Indians worship its power every day and night. Even more, Hindi households are not considered complete unless a Tulsi plant is somewhere on the property, as its presence is meant to protect from negativity, bring good fortune, luck, and serenity. But, it is the 'elixir of life' aspect of Holy Basil that makes the herb so sacred because it is believed to nourish a person's well-being to physical and spiritual perfection. Luckily, western medicine is quickly catching on to the health benefits of Holy Basil and research is investigating its natural health capabilities. We tried Holy Basil and must admit we felt calm, cool, and collective not long after taking it! Now, that's what we call unBEETable!
There clearly is something extraordinary about this holy, emerald, green herb! Here's why everyone is worshipping Holy Basil...
- Regulates blood sugar levels.
- Sharpens memory.
- Alleviates coughs, sore throats, and fevers.
- Heals respitory disorders from bronchitis to asthma.
- Strengthens the kidneys and expels kidney stones.
- Protects the body against stress.
- Reduces high levels of cholesterol.
- Increases immunity.
- Acts like a natural antibiotic.
- Contains plenty of vitamins A & C, calcium, zinc, chlorophyll, and iron.
If you can't get your hands on Holy Basil, then definitely buy a bit of culinary Basil. Known as a symbol of love in Italy, basilico has just as many health benefits as Holy Basil! Here's a great Pesto recipe to use on top of any spelt pasta:
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
3 cups (3 ounces) fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated organic parmesan cheese
Wash basil, discard stems, and dry. In a processor add garlic, pine nuts, and salt and mix for 15 seconds. Add basil leaves to food processor and pulse by turning on and off until shredded. Drizzle in olive oil to create mixture. Add parmesan cheese and combine. Makes approximately 1 cup. Mix in with cooked spelt pasta for an easy Pasta Pesto dinner.
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Be holistic! Try Holy Basil! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
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