Basil Olive Oil for GAPS intro


My windowsill basil is sprouting! What fun it will be to have such fresh herbs this summer!

My picture doesn’t do it justice at all, but anyone who has grown something from seed knows how exciting it is to see little spouts popping up from soil that was bare only a day ago.  I don’t think it ever gets old!

In addition to using it to cook with, fresh basil blended into cold pressed olive oil is a yummy sauce for meat and veggies and provides health benefits.  Cold pressed olive oil is recommended to be poured over every meal in the GAPS Intro diet.  Adding some fresh herbs to it makes this more flavorful, and the olive oil helps preserve the herbs as well.

From the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome,

“Olive oil is a time-proven health-giving food, used by Mediterranean countries for centuries.  Virgin cold-pressed olive oil has been shown to improve brain cell maturation and function.  And yet it doesn’t have much in the way of essential fatty acids, which shows us that we need much more than just omega-3 and omega-6 oils”

Herb olive oil

Directions: Blend on high until the basil is pureed.  Store in a glass container, covered, in the refrigerator and pour over meats, vegetables, and into soups.

This post is a part of the Sowing Millions Campaign by Seeds of Change.  Follow them on Facebook and post pictures of your garden’s progress!

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About Cara

Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

She helps other families achieve health in simple steps with the GAPS Starter Package, The Empowered Mother Pregnancy Resource, and helps them stock their freezer for busy days with Grain-Free Freezer Cooking Guide.


  1. Yummo! Think I’ll go start a batch now :)

  2. yay! Enjoy!

  3. Thank you. I’m going to try this today.

  4. Martine says:

    How long can I keep it in the fridge?



  5. I just made this a few days ago. So delicious!

  6. I make rosemary olive oil also. Sits on my counter. I’ve found it to be cheaper at BigLots!


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