(Photo by Gabrielle Allman)
We got a lot of snow here last night!! The kids have off school and we are taking it easy at home. I think I am going to make a big pot of soup!! Doesn’t that sound good?
A friend of mine shared this recipe with me on Sunday. It is considered a detox soup, but I know from my history with allergies, it is a low allergen soup (minus the roma tomatoes).
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
- 3 celery stalks, 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
For Complete recipe you can look here; Detox Vegetable Soup from the Stay at Home Chef!
As you notice, there is some basil in there….and even though it is not in it’s Essential Oil form, I have added some of the benefits of this wonderful herb!
Antiemetic-reduces severity of nausea or vomiting
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs/infections
Antispasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
Carminative – may assist in preventing gas
Cephalic – helps clear the head when focus in required
Expectorant – removes excess mucus from respiratory system
HOW TO USE Basil Essential Oil.
Chest Cold/Cough: apply basil in a cream to the chest to help stop coughing or place a few drops in a diffuser and breathe deep.
Headache: For a stress induced headache, rub basil cream around your neck area and on temples. Blending with lavender or peppermint is also helpful.
Nausea: Place a drop of sweet basil on a tissue and inhale deeply to stop vomiting or nausea.
Cramping: makes a good rub for sore muscles, abdominal cramping, and pains.
Other ways to use basil:
For respiratory benefits, place a few drops in a diffuser.
To use a carrier, dilute 6-12 drops per ounce of the following: cream, shampoo, or liquid soap. Always dilute in a carrier before adding to a bath or foot soak. Use fewer drops for elderly or children.(Information from Pompeii Organics)
So whether you are putting some fresh or dry basil in your soup, it has those wonderful added healthy benefits while you are staying warm and cozy and enjoying those in your life!<3