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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Basil Essential Oil & Dairy Free Homemade Potato Soup (Bacon Optional)

Basil Essential Oil & Dairy Free Homemade Potato Soup (Bacon Optional) 

Dairy Free Homemade Potato Soup (Bacon Optional


What You need
6-8 medium potatoes of choice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 onions
2 cloves garlic
3 stalks celery
3 carrots
4 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
1 tablespoon thyme
1-2 drops Basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil (we used essential oil and it was amazing and full of flavor)
1/2 teaspoon cyann pepper
8 pieces bacon cooked
Handful of scallions
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do...
1. Add Diced onions, garlic, chop celery and carrots to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Sauté until onions are translucent
2. Peel and chop potatos and add to onion mix
3. Add thyme, basil, cyann pepper and stir
4. Add broth and coconut milk
5. Bring to a boil for then simmer for 20 minutes
Turn off and let cool a bit.

Then remove 3 cups and put in blender, blend and place back in soup. Stir, then Serve in bowl and top with bacon and chives. Enjoy

Other options
Sever with green salad, bread of choice, add cheese to the top or make a cashew lemon sour cream to top with, add broccoli or red peppers. So many options...Be creative and enjoy.

Great with red or white wine.

My kids loved this recipe, thought it was sweet but spicy and ate it. Definitely going to try red peppers next time. My family loves them. May add to soup or serve on the side or dice and at as a topping.

We have used Basil for health ailments as well as emotions. This is an amazing essential oil, smells good, full of flavor and lot of amazing properties


Basil Oil Product Description 



Basil is a culinary must-have in your kitchen, it has been used to enhance the taste of food across the world. Basil is part of the mint family and is great for adding a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrées. Basil oil is rich with linalool, a naturally occurring chemical, which is beneficial in decreasing feelings of tension when applied to the temples and reducing anxious feelings when diffused. Diffusing Basil oil can also help to promote a sense of mental alertness and focus, this oil has been great for me and my kids. This essential oil is a great addition to a kitchen, study area, office, travel bag, and on the go.

Where to Buy Basil Oil

To buy a pure bottle of Basil, visit my website here or click shop now on the top right hand side. To learn more visit the Basil oil product page.

When buying essential oils, it is crucial to make sure that you are receiving oils that are pure and potent. When you purchase pure and potent oils, you are allowing yourself to receive the full benefits of essential oils. Many oils available to purchase today are filled with additives and contaminants, which significantly reduce the effectivity of essential oils. doTERRA knows how beneficial essential oils can be when they are pure and have a strong potency; that is why the mission of doTERRA is to create high-standard essential oils. We produce these high-quality essential oils through proper extracting methods and CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® protocol. This protocol ensures that each batch of essential oils goes through strict tests to guarantee that the oils are potent and free of harmful contaminants, so that our customers can get the most benefit and uses out of the doTERRA essential oils they purchase. 

Basil Oil Uses and Benefits

1.    After a  day of engaging in any activity, apply a few drops of Basil oil to the areas of your skin that could use some soothing. You will experience a cooling sensation that is  relaxing to your body after an active day. Basil oil acts as a powerful cooling agent for the skin and can bring some relief when you need it most.
 
2.    Bring the flavors of Spain and Italy to your table with this delicious Basil Marinated Roasted Pepper & Manchego Sandwichwith Basil oil. Basil oil is often used to bring a fresh, herbal taste to many dishes and these sandwiches are no exception. The Manchego cheese used for this meal originates from La Mancha, Spain. This cheese has a delightful nuttiness and texture that plays well with the piquant flavor of Basil oil. Combine this dynamic duo with the flavors of marinated red peppers, arugula, and ciabatta bread and you will find yourself craving this meal again and again.


 
Image result for doterra diffuser   3.    Diffusing Basil oil has many powerful benefits and can be used to improve a variety of different situations. Basil oil has the capability to promote a sense of mental alertness and lessen anxious feelings when diffused. Try bringing your diffuser and Basil oil to work with you and then diffuse it when you are feeling tense or are at the end of a long work day and are seeking feelings of relief. If you or someone you know is having difficulty focusing when studying or reading, diffuse Basil oil to promote a sense of focus and mental alertness.

If you are looking for a great Basil oil diffuser blend, try combining Lime, Bergamot, and Peppermint with Basil. This blend will not only give you the benefits of Basil oil, it will also provide you with an invigorating aroma that will positively affect your mood with stimulating and refreshing properties.
 
4.    Making your own marinara sauce with basil oil is easy and nutritious. We have been changing the way we eat and my kids love this recipe. Eliminate the preservatives of store bought sauces and flavor your favorite dishes with homemade Roasted Marinara Sauce try this essential oil recipe in your kitchen. This recipe includes a delightful mix of natural ingredients topped with a hint of Basil and Oregano essential oils that will bring a delightful kick to your meal. The whole family will love the light and flavorful touch that this essential oil recipe brings to the table.
 
5.    After a long day, what better way to unwind than with a light massage with Basil essential oil? Add Basil and Wintergreen together with a carrier oil. Use this blend and massage it onto the back of your neck or have a friend help. This blend will assist in relieving stress and providing a relaxing experience. The natural components of Basil oil will help dispel feelings of tension and act as a cooling agent for the skin.  
 

6.   I love this recipe
 Herbed Pasta Salad is an inexpensive and delicious essential oil recipe that will have even the pickiest eaters wanting more. This recipe puts a twist on traditional pasta salad with its many fresh ingredients and Basil oil dressing. No matter what the occasion may be, Herbed Pasta Salad is a crowd-pleasing dish you won’t want to pass up.
 

 
7.    The discomforts that accompany a menstrual cycle can cause intense aches and muscle cramps that can sometimes hinder normal daily activity. In order to ease some of the effects of the menstrual cycle, put one drop of Basil oil into a Veggie Capsule and take internally to help provide soothing support during a menstrual cycle. Basil oil is a powerful oil when it comes to feminine discomforts. By internally taking appropriate amounts of Basil, the oil can help diffuse the monthly unease and can assist in getting women back on their feet and enjoying their regular routines.
  
  
8. Watch this Basil Tuesday Tip-Off for a simple way to incorporate Basil oil into your cooking.


Fun Fact
In Italian culture, basil was used as a sign of love. Placing a pot of basil on a balcony meant that a woman was ready for her suitor to come. If the man arrived with a sprig of basil, then the woman would fall in love with him. Wearing basil on his person signified that a man had serious intentions for a woman he was courting.

Emotional Support
The smell of Basil oil brings strength to the heart and relaxation to the mind. This oil is also excellent for states of nervousness, anxiousness and despair.  Basil supports those who are under a great deal of mental strain. It brings rejuvenation of ital forces after long periods of burnout and exhaustion. Basil oil may strengthen the adrenals and restore the body to its natural rhythms of sleep, activity and rest. It also helpful for recovery from negative habits. Basil is indicated for those who are weary in id and body and for those in need of strength and renewal. 

Plant Description
Basil is a perennial plant that is part of the Lamiaceae (mints) family. There are many different varieties of Basil plants and they are typically grown for their leaves, which are used as herbs. These basil leaves are oval shaped and are either green or purple. The Basil leaves branch from a single stem that also produces clusters of white flowers at its tip. The leaves of the basil plant can grow up to 3–11 cm long and the plant as a whole can grow to be 30–130 cm tall.2

Chemistry of Basil Oil
Main Chemical Component: Linalool 

One of Basil’s most prominent chemical components is linalool. Linalool is a natural chemical found in a variety of plants and flowers. High linalool content in both plants and flowers has the unique ability to help relax the mind and body, especially when concentrated into an essential oil. The linalool found in the basil plant and Basil essential oil is known for its ability to reduce feelings of tension and sadness when ingested. Scientists in Mexico City recently found that linalool affects the monoaminergic system of the brain, which includes such familiar neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine, and the adrenaline/noradrenaline adrenergic system.* Linalool is extremely effective on these neurotransmitters because it acts on multiple receptors in this monoaminergic system. When substances like linalool target multiple receptors, they are more potent and longer lasting than molecules that only target one receptor. Because linalool supports brain chemistry balance in these receptors, it reduces sad feelings.3*  The high linalool content in basil plants and Basil oil provides a great natural solution for balancing mood and reducing sad moods. To learn more about the chemical constituents of Basil oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Oils that Blend Well with Basil Oil
Basil oil blends well with BergamotLavenderMarjoramGeraniumPeppermintCedarwoodClary SageGingerGrapefruit, and Lemon essential oils for diffusing. 


Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Add Basil to your essential oil collection and in your kitchen for flavor. Enjoy!



References
1. "Basil"
5. Emotions & Essential Oils

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



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