Enliven Your Mind, Make Pesto

I’ve got a brilliant idea. Make dinner and have an aromatherapy treatment all at the same time. My choice for today is pesto, vegan of course. This classic Italian dish with a vegan twist is made with fresh sweet basil. Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the kind most used for pesto and other European dishes,  and the most common basil essential oil.

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beautiful pungent sweet basil

Basil takes its name from the latin ’Basileum’ meaning royal. There are many types of basil, which belong to the herb family that includes lavender, mint, thyme, patchouli, marjoram and many others.

Holy Basil, also known as tulsi is from India (Ocimum tenuiflorum), and also makes a great essential oil and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. This holy plant and is dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Thai basil used across South East Asian has the botanical name (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) but I’ve never used it as an essential oil. It’s used in Vietnamese cooking too and tops a lovely pho.

Thai Basil from bonappetit.com

So what can basil, and essential oil of basil do for you? Sharp and spicy, basil helps clear the head and open avenues of expression. It is a very powerful clearing oil, particularly effective when used in a vapouriser as an inhalation, or when you are cooking. It is used for mental and physical fatigue and its anti-spasmodic properties make it ideal for treating menstrual problems and digestive disorders. It is also used for

* Sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis are all soothed by basil.

* Fever can be treated effectively with basil.

* In the middle ages it was prescribed for melancholy and depression.

Vegan pesto from taste.com.au

I love the fact that this modest little herb with a big presence has been around for ages. Literally ages. The old herbs of healers and witches alike are still here because they work. Food is medicine, and always has been.Fantastic. Get cooking. Click here for a really easy and authentic pesto recipe.


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Flowers, Crystals, Cupcakes and the Super Moon (A Few Pics for You)

Hello dear scent lovers and natural beauties. I hope you’re doing well on the slippery slope to the end of the year. Here’s an easy post to read – mostly pics from the past month of my life.

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The flowers of eucalypts and native Australian trees are so divine!

pretty gumnut flowers in Sydney

pretty gumnut flowers in Sydney

 

 

Crystals bathed in sea salt waiting in the rain for the super moon

crystals waiting the charge of the moon

crystals waiting the charge of the moon

 

 

The clouds covered the luminous moon, evaporating, finally letting us have a peak!

Super moon over urban Sydney

Super moon over urban Sydney

 

 

Vegan, Persian love cupcakes, where the heroes are pistachio and rosewater – from That Vegan Lady

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water

 

 

And some flowering scented deliciousness from Thai basil at the local market

 

flowering Thai basil

flowering Thai basil

 

I hope you’ve had a great week. Have you taken any good pics? DO you have an Instagram account? If so leave your account name in the comments.

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