I stopped my bike to say hello to one of the first people I met in Vilcabamba, Lorena, herbalist in the market and friend. She gave me copal! As a gift, a small rock of incense you can thrown into the fire, and it smells amazing. A tree resin, it is valued as a energy and crystal cleanser, healing and repelling mosquitoes, like Palo Santos. I will light it tonight!
4 c. Fresh basil
5-6 garlic cloves
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
3 T. olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. salt
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it’s a nice smooth pesto. Chill in an airtight container.
Word of the Day – semillas de girasol – sunflower seeds
Tip of the Day -You can sprout the sunflower seeds first, by soaking them in water for a day, then draining the water and letting them dry out and sprout for 1 1/2 days.
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