This ornamental plant, Monstera Deliciosa, has recently become quite popular in exotic flower shops. It grows natively here at the Vida Lotus headquarters and in the national park nearby. It unique and striking appearance is characterized by naturally-occurring slits and holes in random places throughout its broad leaf. As its name implies, the leaf is large and “deformed” (like a beautiful monster) and its tubular fruit is delicious.
We know of more than fifty varieties of basil, each with a unique aroma, flavor and appearance. All types of basil are medicinal. Each will enrich your life. Basil stimulates the senses. It awakens the mind. We suggest you bring basil into your world, into your life, into your home. And not just the kitchen. Sure, it’s amazing in the kitchen. Put fresh basil in a jug of natural mineral water to create deliciously-refreshing medicinal aromatic infusions. Add it to all of your favorite dishes, from fruit salads to pizza and pasta. It enhances every dish from appetizers to desserts. We recommend you eat mostly raw food, but if you do cook your food, we suggest adding fresh raw basil on top at the end to preserve its aroma and medicinal properties. Basil is equally amazing in the bathroom, in the living room and even in your car. If you have never taken a shower with fresh basil, you are in for a treat. You can hold it in your hand or tie it under the shower head to free up both your hands. Grow basil plants in your living room to freshen up the air. When going for a drive, you can take some fresh basil with you and wedge a stem in your air vents. If ever you wear a surgical mask, you can turn an uncomfortable thing into a pleasant experience by placing a few basil leaves inside your mask.
Here are a few of our favorite basil varieties and uses:
Cacao – Food of the Gods
Cacao is among the most famous plants on Earth. Its name comes from the Greek, and means “food of the gods”. Cacao was used and cultivated by ancient Central American indigenous tribes such as the Mayas, Aztecs and Kunas as currency. Their abundant gold was used as a mere decoration as it could not be as valuable as that which produced health.
Modern scientists are re-discovering the many medicinal uses of antioxidant-rich cacao, including its ability to fight cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression, while stimulating cognitive function, improving memory and intelligence.