Not only is this fresh herbed olive oil a delicious way to include bright flavors from herbs in your diet, it also is packed with all sorts of things that you need for health. If that wasn’t enough, by suspending fresh herbs in oil, we also preserve them. If you’ve ever watched a bunch of basil or parsley go from beautiful to blemished before you had a chance to use it, this recipe is for you.
Fresh Pressed Olive Oil
Olive oil has all sorts of health benefits including providing essential fatty acids that are used for cell membranes, as a precursor to all hormones, and for reducing inflammation. (source) (source) Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is linked with lowering heart disease, risk of stroke, and preventing certain cancers. (source)
I prefer Fresh-Pressed olive oil especially when I am using it raw. Fresh-pressed olive oil is meticulously sourced and is shipped fresh after harvesting, preserving the antioxidant benefits and delicious flavor. You can get a free full-sized bottle of Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil by clicking here and signing up for a sample.
Basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, chives, dill, even mint and sage all bring in unique flavors and phytochemicals that have unlimited benefits to the body including:
- Decreasing the risk of stroke (source)
- Lowering insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics (source)
- Removing buildup of heavy metal in the body (source) (source)
- Protect against neurological problems such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, and more (source)
Why take the whole plant rather than an isolated compound?
Because plants are smarter than people. 😉
There are times that an isolated portion of a plant can be used as medication effectively, delivering a high dose of a needed compound. But for the most part, healing plants contain a synergy that prevents side effects, and provides supportive compounds to help the body use them most effectively, as in cancer prevention.
When we try to isolate certain compounds, it’s much easier to overdose, and we miss out on the other parts of the plant that are useful that haven’t been studied yet.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In its raw form apple cider vinegar contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes in addition to the already-potent healing properties of vinegar. Vinegar is used to preserve food (source), as an antibacterial agent (source), and has traditional and modern use lowering blood glucose (source) (source), lowering blood pressure (source), increasing digestion of nutrients (source), and even inhibiting cancer growth (source).
For flavor, vinegar healthily boosts and brightens flavors in recipes that seem like they are missing a little something. In this recipe the vinegar not only provides health benefits, but it also really highlights the complex flavors of the herbs used.
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Finally, just a touch of unrefined sea salt not only provides electrolytes and trace minerals, but also balances the flavor. Many people have become afraid of salting their food, but salting food to taste is a way to ensure you are getting enough of this essential nutrient. What you need to watch out for, though, is using salt as your only flavor- here we use the acidity in the apple cider vinegar and loads of fresh herbs for flavor, so salting to taste brings in just enough for our body to use well too.
- 1 cup fresh-pressed olive oil (claim your free bottle here!)
- 1-2 bunches of fresh herbs
Recommended combinations: Parsley & Cilantro, Cilantro and Oregano, Basil and Oregano, Basil and Mint, Chives and Parsley, Chives and Thyme, Mint and Dill, Sage and Rosemary.
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar with the mother (find here)
- 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt (find here)
- ¼ white onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- Rinse herbs under cool running water and pat dry.
- Remove tough stems from the herbs, leaving the edible leaves.
*This is a great job for kids to do!
- In a wide-mouth mason jar or blender jar, pack herbs and add olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, onion, and garlic.
- Use an immersion blender to puree until uniform in consistency.
- Taste taste, and add 1 tablespoon more apple cider vinegar if the mixture tastes too much like olive oil. The ACV brings out the flavors of the herbs beautifully.
- Store in a glass jar, covered, in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Spoon over cooked vegetables
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Use a spoonful on top of eggs in the morning
Spread over bread in place of mayonnaise in a sandwich or on its own
Spread across a hard-boiled egg cut in half as a 'lazy devil' egg.