Sacred Basil

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sacred basil

My totem plant is Sacred Basil.  It all started with loving Tulsi tea, which is a tea from India and highly honored for its healing properties.  So, I bought some seeds to grow, planted it, and now want it everywhere:  in my garden, in my house, at the studio, anywhere I can be close to it.  The aroma that comes from brushing my hand over it sends me to a different dimension, one that opens my heart and stimulates an olfactory memory that is inexplicable.  I can never have enough of it.  Then one year, I found a recipe for pesto that uses it.   It can not come into maturity in the garden fast enough, for I am longing for its flavor, now and always.  This special plant has so many uses and will always have a place, or places, in any gardens that I create.  You must want the recipe by now!





  • 2 cups sacred basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 Tblsps toasted sesame oil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 Tblsps fish sauce
  • 2-4 Tblsps lime juice (reserve lime zest)
  • Crushed red pepper (to taste, optional)
  • S & P (to taste)

Blend to desired consistency in a blender or food processor.  Serve (without heating) over 1 lb. of rice noodles & garnish with fresh chopped basil, toasted sesame seeds, & lime zest.

sacred basil pesto