Presto Pesto: Health Benefits of Basil and an Easy Recipe!

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Is there anything more summery than fresh pesto? Our garden is gifting us with handfuls upon handfuls of this beautiful herb and it is now the magical fairy dust that gets sprinkled on everything. Of course, this means, I have to throw on my nerd cape and glasses and dig a little deeper under the surface. I’m happy to report that not only is basil super yummy, it is super good for you as well! Read on to learn more about basil’s health benefits and get an easy peasy recipe for pesto to whip up and throw on literally everything.


  1. Supports healthy digestion - This herb helps balance acid within the body

  1. Is anti-inflammatory - Basil is full of compounds such as eugenol, citronellol and linalool which helps lower inflammation

  1. Fights depression - Is a powerful adaptogen

  1. Manages diabetes and cholesterol - The essential oil has been shown to cut down triglyceride levels.

  1. Supports Liver function - Basil is a powerful detoxifying agent which keeps your liver clear of sludgy fat deposits.



4 cloves of garlic,

Himalayan sea salt to taste

3 ounces basil leaves

2 tablespoons pine nuts

2.5 TB parmigiano Reggiano

2.5 TB Pecorino Fiore

½ cup + 2 TB of mildly flavored extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Using a mortar and pestle or blender on pulse, combine garlic and sea salt and grind to a paste.

  2. Add basil leaves a handful at a time until basil leaves have been crushed to fine bits

  3. Add pine nuts and work into a paste with the basil and garlic

  4. Add cheese and continue to use pestle to grind into a paste

** At this point, if you are using the blender, take the paste out of the blender and stir in the oil by hand.


  1. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, working it into the pesto with a wooden spoon until incorporated. Pesto can be served right away as a


My favorite ways to eat pesto are:

  • tossed with roasted fingerling potatoes, radishes and red onions for a warm potato salad

  • Over eggs or an omelette

  • With zoodles

  • Add a little sour cream or greek yogurt and you’ve got a dip!

  • With sauteed prawns

  • Add a little more oil and some vinegar and you’ve got a vinaigrette dressing


Pair it with a glass of homemade kombucha and you’ve got your entire summer set!


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