Fall and winter are upon us once again. With that comes colds, flu and other common illnesses. I for one hate to be sick! I find it so much easier to try to build my immune system and support it with health habits and food rather than get sick and have to deal with the illness itself. There are many ways you can support your immune system all year round: probiotics and probiotic foods, immune supportive essential oils, eating a diet full of fresh raw vegetables and fruits, getting plenty of sun and practicing good hygiene.
Food is something I absolutely love! I enjoy cooking it, growing it, smelling it and of course eating it. I love trying new foods and new recipes. Sometimes my experiments are a complete bust and my husband gives me the “Never Again!” look. Then other times (and thankful more common) I get a great new recipe to add to my cooking repertoire. That is the case for this Italian Hummus. I had never tried making my own hummus but stumbled across some organic garbanzo beans at my favorite grocery store ALDI. If you haven’t checked out ALDI before or if it has been awhile they are very worth a visit! Any whoo, I decided to try my hand at hummus making. After looking up a few recipes I created my own with the use of essential oils.
Before you begin to make this recipe with essential oils, please be sure your essential oils are worthy of being placed in your body. Not all essential oils are created equally! The regulations on essential oils are sketchy at best and the labels can be very misleading. A label can say 100% essential oil but only contain 51% essential oil! The rest can be carrier oils or other chemicals. Finding a company you can trust and agree with takes time and research, but it will be worth it for your peace of mind and your health. (I will be doing a post the second week in November on things to look for when choosing a company.) While some oils may be fine to diffuse, you want to be especially cautious when you will be placing oils on your skin or ingesting them. You will want to know and be satisfied with the answers of these 4 questions before ingesting any oil
1. Where and how was the plant grown?
2. How was this plant distilled to obtain the EO?
3. Was there anything added to this oil?
4. Is this specific oil intended for ingestion?
I know there is a huge controversy on whether EOs should ever be ingested and I do not have the time to dive into that one today, but just something to mule over: gum, candies, mints and many food have EOs in them and have for years! Peppermint leaves, citrus rinds, herbs and spices all contain the EOs. What you find in your dark amber bottle is just the distilled concentration of those oils.
My Italian Hummus Recipe includes Oregano, Basil and Lemon essential oils. Oregano is a very powerful oil. Not only is it a strong oil (be careful not to add to much!) but it is powerful to support the bodies immune system and aid in supporting the respiratory and digestive system. It is also full of antioxidants that can support the bodies health and wellbeing. Basil helps support the body in protecting against environmental threats and is also good for easing sore achy muscles. Lemon aids the body in cleansing of environmental toxins and also supports the respiratory system. Garlic is another ingredient that known to boost the immune system by promoting white blood cell activity. Garlic is also an antioxidant, antimicrobial and antibacterial. Basically there is nothing not to love about garlic (except maybe the breath.)
Sheeww, that was a lot! So let’s get down to business!
Immune Boosting Italian Hummus!
1 can Garbanzo Beans
1 Tablespoon Garlic
3-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
1 Drop Oregano Essential Oil (Really only 1!)
1 Drop Basil Essential Oil
Salt to taste (I prefer Himalayan Pink Salt)
- Drain your garbanzo beans and empty beans into a food processor. Begin to puree’ until they look chunky. Something like this: 2. Now add 2 T of olive oil, garlic and tomatoes. Puree’ again until the beans and tomatoes begin to form a paste like consistency. Add more olive oil as needed until the consistency becomes smooth.3. Now it is time to add your oils and Salt. If your oils tend to drop quickly I suggest dropping them on a mettle spoon and then adding to the hummus. The last thing you want to do is destroy your hummus by accidently adding 3 drops of oregano or basil! Puree again until the oils and salt is well incorporated. Taste test your hummus and add more salt if needed. I also remember that I will probably be eating mine with a salted cracker so I stay a bit reserved on the salt.
Now Enjoy your Amazingly Yummy Healthy Treat! (and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating the whole thing!)
Make sure to store in the refrigerator.