What are the Health Benefits of Basil?

🌿Basil Fun Fact: Did you know that basil has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for everything from colds to snakebites?!

Nowadays though, it has earned a place of honor on spice racks across the world.

The large-leaf green variety is used in Italian dishes like pesto … while Thai basil (which tastes like licorice) is popular in Asian foods.

Basil contains vitamins A, & C, K as well as trace amounts of calcium and manganese.

✅It’s full of antioxidants that fight inflammation and boost the immune system. 

This is especially true of the variety known as holy basil (aka tulsi) which has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for a long time.  

Some studies have linked basil with skin health, lower blood sugar levels, and less anxiety and depression.

Basil Lemonade Recipe

🪴Here’s a super-refreshing take on lemonade… which features this week’s food of the week, basil. 

Not only is it delicious, but it’s a great way to use up any extra basil from your garden.

NOTE: This recipe does contain sweetener, but less than most lemonade recipes. Adjust it to suit your goals and taste preferences.

This recipe can also double as a mixer for your next cocktail party – or just add some seltzer for a little “fizz.”

🍋Basil Lemonade 🍋

(makes 6 servings)

  • 8 lemons, juiced 
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 3 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: lemon slices & basil leaves for garnish

Pour lemon juice into a blender and add honey (or maple syrup) and basil. Blend until smooth. Strain the liquid into a pitcher to get a clear green liquid. Add the cold water and chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice. Refreshing! 

What’s your favorite basil recipe? ⬇️⬇️

To your health and happiness,



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Basil Pesto Pasta

Basil Pesto Pasta
Shaline’s Creations


Basil Pesto Pasta

Last night I was craving basil pesto pasta for dinner.  When I was thinking of sharing my recipe, I thought to myself, “I don’t have a recipe because I just winged it.” I grabbed some basil leaves, some spinach, a couple romaine leaves, and some garlic cloves. I usually use basil and kale.

This reminded me of times that I’ve had friends ask me to share recipes with them. I was embarrassed.  I had to tell them that I didn’t have the recipe they wanted. I don’t usually follow a recipe when I cook.  Both my grandmother and father cooked delicious meals this way.  When they prepared meals, they added a little bit of this and a little bit of that into their dishes.  I remember when my cousin and I asked our grandmother for recipes to some of her yummy Chinese dishes, she would say, “I don’t have or follow a recipe(s).” We were disappointed.  Even today, we still don’t know her recipes.

This is my basil pesto pasta recipe.



1/2 cup Basil

1/2 cup Spinach (Kale or other greens optional)

2 leaves Romaine Lettuce

2 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2-3 Garlic Cloves

Dash of Himalayan Pink Salt



Put ingredients in a food processor and process until it is desired consistency.

Put on top of cooked brown rice pasta and mix.

Add optional toppings.  I added already cooked ground turkey meatballs and broccoli.