Basil is at a great price at the moment so make the most of it.
As well as supplying an amazing aroma and flavour to salads, Stir fries and a great pesto sauce, there are many health benefits to be gained by consuming this humble herb.
It contains anti inflammatory compounds like that of cannabis but without the mental and neurolical side effect of the illicit drug! It is believed it will combat the effects of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Basil contains a powerful compound that enhances circulation, stabilises blood sugar levels and improves respiratory tract illnesses.
The natural antioxidants in fresh basil leaves protect cells from free radical damage and the ageing process.
Consuming basil improves immune function, helps combat viral infections including colds, flu and herpes virus.
Fresh basil in any variety will provide these health benefits and fresh is best!
Garlic is a well known for its protective antibacterial, anti inflammatory, anti cancer and healing properties and is another essential ingredient of a good pesto sauce.
Olive oil possesses many anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It protects us from heart disease and improves cholesterol profile. It is important to use an extra virgin cold pressed version to obtain these health giving benefits.
Pine nuts contain a good dose of protein . They also contain healthy fats that are essential for good cell membrane heart health. They also contain essential minerals like magnesium and potassium which are important for lowering blood pressure and enhancing blood circulation.
Parmesan cheese is a hard cheese that tends to be lower in saturated fats than many other cheeses. Used in moderation it provides many essential nutrients as well as a fantastic flavour to a great pesto sauce.
Bottle this sauce up and it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
And enjoy the amazing health benefits that go with it!