Are the herbs in your garden flourishing at the moment?
Herbs have been used medicinally for years as they have so many great health benefits. Most people have no idea about these health benefits and purely use them in their food for the delicious flavours they add.
These are some pictures of the herbs I grow in my own garden. I have named some of their nutrient properties, health benefits and how I add them in to my diet so next time you use herbs in your cooking, you can appreciate both their unique flavours and their nutrient qualities.
- High in vitamin B6, iron and calcium
- It is great for memory, muscle pain and boosting your immunity
- I like to use rosemary when cooking lamb or doing roast vegetables
- High in vitamin K, A and C as well as folate
- It is a rich source of antioxidants and is great for your kidney function and heart health. It is an anti-inflammatory and encourage digestion.
- Parsley is the perfect garnish to any meal and can also simply be added to your morning smoothie
- Also known as 'The Royal Herb'
- Basil is high in iron, potassium and calcium. It is also a good source of vitamin A,K and C.
- Basil is great for reducing swelling and inflammation
- The antioxidants in basil give it an anti-ageing quality
- I love to make walnut pesto with the basil from my garden but it can also be used as a garnish or in stir fry's and curries
- Thyme is rich in vitamin A and C as well as manganese and iron
- It is also a great source of antioxidants
- It is antimicrobial and really good for chest and respiratory problems
- I always add some thyme to my scrambled eggs or tomatoes
- High in iron, vitamin K and vitamin E
- Rich source of antioxidants and omega fatty acids
- Oregano has antibacterial properties and is also anti-inflammatory
- It is often used to help respiratory disorders
- Oregano goes really well with a cooked breakfast as well as when doing vegetables, especially eggplant and zucchini
- Mint contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin A
- Mint can help with allergies, indigestion, colds, skin and IBS
- I sometimes add mint to my salads which makes them taste even more fresh. I also enjoy having mint in my water, iced tea and smoothies.