Herbs For Health
There are so many great herbs we can use in our cooking and for medicinal purposes. Their health benefits are numerous and amazing, they are easy to grow in your back garden and can be added to your home in meals, essential oils and ointments.
Here are our top 5 picks that you can grow at home and use as you please for a wide array of purposes.
Lavender: This beautiful purple blossom has many uses from keeping away the mosquitoes in summer to adding flavour to your next roast dinner.
Yep, you heard right, Lavender can actually repel mosquitoes with its smell and natural oil, simply rub onto the skin or place plants near windows, doors etc. to keep them away. Much better for your skin and health than other chemical laden sprays.
The calming properties of this wonderful plant, make it a great choice to grow outside growing and have inside once harvested. Place it in your bedroom for a better nights sleep or near your desk for stress relief. The beautiful purple hue also makes a wonderful statement piece in the house.
To cook with lavender, use a dried version (you can make it yourself or buy it) and rub it onto meats before roasting, grind it into some sugar to bake into cookies or infuse it into a sauce for something extra aromatic and delicious.
"Herbs are the friend of the physician and the pride of the cooks." -Charlemagne
Basil: This vibrant and flavoursome herb is one to start growing now! Known for its part in Italian cooking basil also tastes super fresh in salads, just chop it finely and throw it in.
Basil is packed with goodness, from containing essential vitamins such as ; A, K and C as well as magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium, basil can also assist with arthritis! Amazingly the anti-inflammatory properties of this herb can actually reduce your arthritis symptoms and inflammation in the form of an essential oil.
Chives: The classic topping to sour cream and paired with cheese, chives are not only delicious with their onion-like flavour, but they also contain a good amount of sulfur. Sulfur is known to be a natural form of antibiotic and can assist with digestion.
Sprinkle finely chopped chives over fish before cooking or add to salads for extra zing.
Coriander: This versatile herb is amazing fresh in salads, in salsas or sprinkled on top of any spicy dish for that extra bit of a flavour hit. It also has properties that can be beneficial for skin health, blood pressure and can prevent anaemia as it contains high amounts of iron.
Coriander has antiseptic properties and antimicrobial effects. Often used in toothpaste, coriander is great for preventing bad breath and healing mouth ulcers.
Peppermint: This commonly grown herb has a multitude of uses. Added to teas it can help with stomach upsets and as an oil it can soothe sore muscles. As well as helping with Irritable bowl symptoms, muscle and nerve pain it treats the common cold and indigestion.