5 Common Garden Herbs
Every year I plant a vegetable and herb garden. Getting outside provides great health benefits, and by planting an herb garden I bring those benefits into the kitchen all year long. Five of the most common herbs you can grow yourself are basil, mint, cilantro, dill, and chives. Each herb provides different health benefits.
Basil for instance, has flavonoids that help prevent damage to our cells from radiation and oxygen-based damage. Basil helps prevent more common illnesses too. The volatile oils in provide protection against unwanted growth of bacteria in our bodies, preventing bacterial infections. Basil has also been found to be an anti-inflammatory, so if you have arthritis or IBS try including more basil in your diet – you will feel better! One extra use for basil is as a solution to rinse the rest of your fruits and vegetables with.
We all know mint for the wonderful taste it can provide. There is more mint can provide you though. Mint can be mashed with oil and applied to your forehead to relieve a headache. Mint can also serve as a decongestant, so you definitely want to keep some on hand for your next cold. For ladies, mint is a great natural way to deal with menstrual cramps. Finally, mint is anti-bacterial, so if needed you can rub it on wounds.
Cilantro is one of the best tasting herbs – just try it on a taco! There’s more than just taste to cilantro, though. Studies show it may help prevent cardiovascular damage. Cilantro can also help cure diabetes. Cilantro may improve sleep quality because it is also believed to have anti-anxiety effects. Cilantro can even clean your teeth and gums.
Dill is similar to basil. Dill has properties that help prevent body damage from harmful environmental agents, particularly those found in all types of smoke. Dill also has bacteria regulating effects like basil. In addition, dill can aide in preventing osteoporosis.
Chives are a great low-calorie flavor addition to your meals like the rest of these herbs. Chives also have a lot of fiber too, which is an important part of a healthy diet. The high sources of vitamins A and K in chives make it a great resource for preventing cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. If you are pregnant, chives are also a great source of folic acid, a key to preventing defects in newborns.
My favorite part of including herbs in my diet is that they are a low-calorie taste provider. So there is no guilt about using them. How do you enjoy herbs?