Benefits of an herb garden

Herbs are not only a wonderful addition to your cooking making it so much more favorable, but they also have tremendous health benefits! Herbs can change the most ordinary meal into one that is hard to forget. They are also very easy to grow in your garden and now is the time to plant them.

Herbs are plants that can have powerful healing powers and can enhance the flavor of all foods. They are full of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which protect the body against diseases. They are very low in calories, and you can always replace salt with oregano and sugar with anise.

Here are my favorite herbs. They are easy to get, plant, and have many health benefits.

Basil, a member of the mint family, is sweet and pungent and mildly peppery. It relieves a variety of digestive disorders, including stomach cramps, vomiting, and constipation. As a culinary herb, basil perks up fresh-sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. It is a staple in Italian cooking and is the basic ingredient in pesto. Key nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and many more.

I love chives! It has a mandolin-like flavor. They have high iron content, ease digestion, and may increase the body’s ability to digest fat. They give zest to salads, soups, and omelets. Key nutrients include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and more.

Coriander and cilantro are essential ingredients in Mexican and Asian cooking. Generally, the term coriander refers to the seeds, while cilantro denotes the leaves. Coriander helps to relieve gas, indigestion, and diarrhea. Externally, you can use powdered coriander in salves for muscle and joint pain and to disinfect minor cuts

Dill has a delicate, lemony, celery like flavor. This herb has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid and gas remedy. It. is good for the kidneys and spleen and can lower blood pressure. Dill helps with milk production in nursing mothers and has long been used to pickle foods. The seed is excellent sprinkled on seafood. It perks up salads and eggs.

Who doesn’t love mint? It is super easy to grow and makes a refreshing herbal tea. You can put fresh mint leaves in salads and smoothies or use them as a garnish. Mint is useful for easing insomnia, upset stomachs, and nervous tension.

Oregano has been used for thousands of centuries to treat fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin problems. It helps to loosen and remove mucus. Oregano is known to have powerful antioxidant activities. It is used in most Mexican and Italian dishes.

Parsley should always be eaten raw to benefit from all the vitamins and minerals. It is extremely beneficial as a kidney stimulant and helps with eliminating stones. Parsley gives salads great flavor and munching helps to freshen breath. By the way, Italian parsley is more nutritious than the curly and has a better flavor!

Fresh herbs are fragile. You can wrap them in a damp dish towel and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to two weeks. As aways, please do your best to choose organic.

Frances Michaelson

A pioneer in the fitness industry, Frances opened the first personal training center in the West Island of Montreal in 2001. In 2008 , Frances had the “gut feeling“ that there was more to learn about health and how our bodies function, which led to further her education in the field of Naturopathy and holistic nutrition. She has since authored two books. Her latest book, "Do you Have the Guts to be Healthy" was published in March 2021. As a trainer and naturopath, she truly loves seeing people transform themselves by trusting their bodies instead of getting caught up in the medical system. Practicing health is the only way to live the gift of life well!

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