Having an herb garden can be easier than growing flowers or vegetables. Great news for all the newbies out there. Let me tell you there are so many reasons why planting herbs can be so rewarding for your health.. Your herbs can build your immune system, help with the common cold, headaches, and believe it or help an upset stomach.
Let’s not forget spending time outdoors can boost your immunity by being exposed to Vitamin D and boost your mood. Everybody can use some immunity boosters.
1) Spearmint– this can be used in hot tea, place on the side of your plate for an after-dinner freshens your breath aftertaste. This herb is known for boosting your mood, improve focus, ease nausea, and help digestion.
4)Chives– Delicious in omelets, soups, and baked potatoes. Plant at the edge of your garden the strong scent will repel pests. Chives contain Vitamin K, which is important for bone health and blood clotting. Chives also contain choline. Choline can help with mood, memory, muscle control, and other brain and nervous system functions. Can’t grow this one fast enough!
5) Dill- place onto top of your smoked salmon. Dill is an important antioxidant that helps your body to resist infection. It is also a good source of fiber, folate, calcium for healthy bones. Dill has been used for centuries in traditional Asian dishes and provides aide in gastrointestinal disorders, helps fever and colds, cough, urinary tract disorders, hemorrhoids, insomnia and other sleep disorders.
6)Parsley- added touch on your salad, combined with your basil to make pesto. Parsley is rich in antioxidants, supports bone health, rich in nutrients to protect your eyes, may lower your risk of colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
7) Rosemary– the leaves are grown all year blossoming white, pink, purple, and blue flowers. My husband puts this on our roasted chicken breasts. Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and antiinflammatory which are thought to boost the immune system. Can be used to help with digestive problems, including heartburn, intestinal gas, liver and gall bladder complaints. Use rosemary in small dosages there can be side effects for large digestion of this herb.
8) Sage- I grow this simply to burn in my house. I love the smell! However, sage has health benefits too. May protect against certain cancers, support memory and brain health, may ease menopause symptoms, may reduce blood sugar levels. Believe it or not, sage in mouthwash was shown to effectively kill the Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which causes dental cavities.
9) Ginger– helps with inflammation, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, improves digestion, relieves nausea, helps you recover from a cold or the flu.
10) Garlic- Known for helping women reduce their risk of breast cancer. Boost the function of the immune system, reduce blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels which may lower the risk of heart disease, contain antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Garlic also may help detoxify heavy metals in your body. Garlic taste delicious in my olive oil for my salad dressing!
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I hope you find your gardening to be as rewarding as I do. Remember to label all of the herbs with a popsicle stick so you can point out which herb is where.
All my best,
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