Friday, March 8, 2013

Herbs Can Do a Body Good!

I read this recent article written by Ema Salmon of Ema’s Herbs, located in Ventura, California,in an online magazine or ezine called OUR VOICES.

I would highly recommend going by and reading the free copy she offers. Many different authors from health, to family life, spiritual health and government. Many different authors and much fine reading! 

This is part of a recent article from Ema Salmon on herbs . While I am  juicing now and don't do smoothies, this is a smoothie I will add to my diet in April. I do juice basil and it tastes wonderful!

While we don’t usually think of herbs as being an ingredient in a smoothie, we are overlooking an easy way to get these type of healthy herbs in our diet…without cooking a lengthy meal. Blending herbs in your smoothie is a quick way to ingest them and receive any curative or preventive powers they may have and basil has plenty.
Some of the highlights of basil include: It provides anti-inflammatory relief which stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.
Basil is known to have antioxidants that protect the body from premature aging and age-related problems and even types of cancer. Basil contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that block your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage. Basil can help with constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion. It can also be used to give relief from the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.
So what are you waiting for? Try this smoothie and let us know what you think! Is basil a good smoothie an ingredient or should we just add more strawberries next time?
Smoothie Ingredients:
2 bananas
10 Basil leaves (fresh is better)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup water
Place all smoothie ingredients in your blender and blend until the basil leaves are minced into tiny pieces and enjoy.
About Ema -Ema’s Herbs perspective embraces both modern and folk medicinal approaches; after all, herbs were the first medicine used by people to detoxify, cleanse, nourish, calm and ease their discomforts.

1 comment:

  1. This is great! i never thought about putting basil in a smoothie. thanks!