Essential Oil(s) of the Month (September): Basil and Lemongrass

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

There’s a surprise this blog post. I have decided to touch on my generous side and share two essential oils this month versus one due to the fact that I am bedridden with a broken ankle. You ask “why Suzy? Well, it is because I have learned that having two working ankles versus one is preferable. So, why not set the tone this month with a pair that sets the tone in your dishes? Are you ready to learn what that pair is? Promise I won’t keep the suspense any longer. Actually, you probably already figured out the pair from the title. So I will discontinue my ridiculous question fanatics. The two essential oils that this post will spend time on is basil and lemongrass EO. We will touch on four “categories” with each EO, and those categories include the following:

How does this essential oil help the body?

How do we apply this particular essential oil?

What vitamins and minerals do we find in this essential oil?

What recipes are there that include either essential oil?

So, let us start.


BASIL

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Basil helps the body through adrenal balance. In other words, it increases the body’s natural response to both physical and emotional stress. The result is a body that can cope better with various stresses. Basil can be applied with a few drops into salad dressings, sauces, soups, and oils. The vitamins and minerals it contains are vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Now, here’s a recipe for you to follow if you have not been hit with creative dishes while reading, Kale Power Salad.

  • Dino kale (1 bunch)
  • Brussels sprouts (8 oz)
  • Almond slices (1/4 cup)
  • Nutritional yeast (1 tbsp)
  • Chives, minced (1 bunch)
  • Red pepper flakes (1 pinch)
  • Fresh lemon juice (1/4 cup)
  • Dijon mustard (1 tbsp)
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • Sea salt (1 tbsp)
  • Basil EO (~2 drops)
  • Black pepper EO (~2 drops)

Prep the vegetables by setting them aside. Remove the ribs from the kale leaves and slice them thinly. Trim and shred the Brussels sprouts, and toast the almond slices if desired. To create the dressing retrieve a large bowl. Add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and the thus articulated EOs. Add in all the salad ingredients and toss them until everything is coated. Adjust the seasoning as needed.

Note: Remember back to last month’s recipes. Do you remember? No, well, that is what I am here for! Start with one drop of oil, taste, and then go from there. You can always add, but you cannot take away.


LEMONGRASS

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Lemongrass helps with headaches, digestives problems, and inflammation caused by an under active thyroid. You can apply this particular EO with a few drops into your tea or salad dressing. As for the vitamins and minerals it contains, those are vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), foliate, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, and iron. Okay, not to disappoint, but there is one last thing to cover, and that is a recipe for Cucumber Ribbons with Lemongrass Ginger Dressing. Other that that, and we are done for this week! So sad, I know. Read on fellow followers.

  • 4 Persian cucumbers
  • Sesame seeds (1 tsp)
  • Chives, minced (1 bunch)
  • Red pepper flakes, optional (1 pinch)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • Rice vinegar (2 tbsp)
  • Tamari or soy sauce (1 tbsp)
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • Ginger, minced (1 tbsp)
  • Coconut sugar (1 tsp)
  • Lemongrass EO (~2 drops)
  • Black Pepper EO (~2 drops)

Set aside the vegetables and prep them by starting with a vegetable peeper or mandolin slice. Lengthwise, into ribbons, thinly cut the cucumbers. In a large bowl add the rice vinegar, tamari, garlic, ginger, coconut sugar, lemongrass EO, and the black pepper EO. Whisk in the oil until it is emulsified and add in all the salad ingredients. Toss until all is coated, and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Note: Start small with the drops of EO. So, in other words, one drop, mix and taste, two drops, mix and taste, three drops, mix and taste, and so on so forth.


That is it for this particular blog post! Next week we will spend time discussing how these two particular EOs assist the endocrine system. What this entails you will have to wait and see, but either way be sure to tune in to the prior and future posts! Until next week enjoy these recipes and continue exploring the magic behind essential oils in your food and day-to-day foodie tasks.

~ Suzy Brown, Nutrition Practitioner & Personal Chef ~

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