I love the taste of fresh basil pesto
But, I have a lot of Pitta in my constitution. I have a hard time with garlic and pine nuts. The parmesan cheese traditinally used in pesto is pretty channel clogging and Kapha provoking. I avoid eating it very often and don’t give it to my son who has had some skin and lung issues in the past.
So I created this Basil Almond Pesto recipe.
I know it’s definitely not traditional pesto, but this recipe is pretty delicious. The freshness of the taste of the almonds adds a wonderful and unexpected touch.
But, let’s look at what the medicinal benefits of the ingredients:
Basil is a member of the mint family and is a powerful antioxidant–especially when it isn’t heated. It is a warming herb, so it can be used to help soothe Vata and Kapha complaints.
There are many forms of basil. They are used in herbal traditions all over the world to treat asthma symptoms and digestive upset, to help stabilize blood sugar, to improve circulation and to boost immunity.
Basil is also antibacterial. It can be used internally or topically to support healthy wound healing and may help fight viruses.
Raw Almonds which have been soaked overnight in room-temperature water and then peeled are sweet and delicious.
They are cooling in nature and soothe Pitta complaints. The are not too heavy and eaten in moderation should not be Kapha provoking. The soaking and peeling also makes them less Vata provoking than other nuts.
Almonds are nourishing and aphrodisiac. They are also laxative and help the body excrete excess water while still being moisturizing.
Olive oil is an amazing food especially when eaten raw. It is very good for lowering “bad” cholesterol and has scientifically proven strongly antimicrobial properties.
The slightly bitter flavor of high-quality, virgin olive oil (as opposed to the bitterness of a rancid or spoiled oil) soothes Pitta inflammation and supports the functioning of the liver. Because of it’s light, bitter, fresh flavor it is not Kapha-provoking, and it’s sweet oiliness pacifies Vata.
Leeks are sweet and Vata reducing. When cooked, they soothe air in the digestive tract (bloating and gas) without aggravating Pitta
Basil Almond Pesto
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