Herbs for Women’s Health
Tis the season for summer gardens, overfilling with vibrant, fresh and aromatic herbs. I want to share with you my absolute favorite herb so that you can also experience the benefits!
Growing up, I was surrounded by fresh gardens in the summer. Naturally, I gravitate towards using these culinary herbs in the summer and dry them out so that they can be used during other months. One herb, in particular has won my heart for many reasons!
Basil is a very versatile herb and can be used in many more ways than just your average pesto!
Basil Health Benefits
In fact, fresh basil provides vitamins and minerals including vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants.
Often times we look only to vegetables and fruits to gain the benefits.
All of these, are important micronutrients for women’s health.
Basil is also a powerful medicinal plant for its antimicrobial benefits.
Studies show that when basil essential oil was combined with other essential oils like thyme, an antibacterial effect was produced against pathogenic bacteria strains like E-Coli and Salmonella.
Time and time again, I work with women who struggle with some sort of gut dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is an imbalance of bacteria that live in the small or large intestines.
Often times, we use foods and supporting herbs to help improve gut health.
Gut health is key to hormone regulation, weight management and so much more!
Adding Herbs to Your Diet
Try to be more mindful and conscious about consuming culinary herbs.
You can add basil to salads, eggs and even smoothies!
Dry out the fresh herb and save it for other times of the year
Check out this smoothie recipe below as one simple way to enjoy basil!
Raspberry Basil Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- ⅓ cup fresh basil
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ small ripe avocado
- 1 cup greens (optional)
- Blend together until smooth and enjoy.
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