Detoxifying Cilantro Pesto

I received this great recipe from Dr. Scott Blossom, a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner in the Bay area. Cilantro is truly a healing food, it has been proven to chelate toxic metals from our bodies in a relatively short period of time. Combined with the benefits of the other ingredients, this recipe is a powerful tissue cleanser.

I have been making it almost weekly for the last year as a way to detoxify from heavy metals (hello 70′s mercury fillings!). Whether you need to release heavy metals from your body or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to take. It’s not only easy to make but also really yummy.

Disclosure: I am a big cilantro fan. I’ve shared this with many converts and we agree that it goes with just about everything savory. Try it on a baked potato, beets, or your favorite protein.

Enjoy!

Cilantro Chelation Pesto
4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
2 cups packed fresh cilantro (coriander, Chinese parsley) (vitamin A)
2/3 cup flaxseed oil (can substitute with olive oil)
4 tablespoons lemon juice (vitamin C)
2 tsp dulse powder (seaweed is also a detoxifier)
Sea salt to taste
Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a food processor until the coriander is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended  into a paste. Add a pinch to sea salt to taste and blend again. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well, so purchase cilantro in season and fill enough jars to last through the year.

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer

Visit www.doctorblossom.com to learn more about Scott’s detox work. Scott will visit 8 Limbs for a workshop with Melina Meza January 4-6, 2013. Can’t wait? Check out Melina’s Seasonal Vinyasa Workshops February 10-12 that blend her passions for yoga, food, and Ayurveda.

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