Discover Nature’s 7 Most Nutritious Herbs For Greater Health & Vitality

Herbs For Health

Peppermint - You Just Can't Beat the Aroma (or the taste)

For maximum health and vitality both scientists and nutritionists highly recommend that we all pack in as many raw fruits and veggies as possible. Unfortunately, they often overlook the humble herb's inner vigor. But not anymore! Through the charms of organic container gardening, it's time to not only add a melody of tastes, but a great source of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The Finalists Are:
    • Mints : There are a variety of mint leaves, the most common being spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, and ginger mint. Use mints in salads, dressings, in teas, with lamb, in summer drinks and sorbets, and also as a garnish.It has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine and herbal treatments. It was considered so useful that it was an accepted as a tax payment. Jesus even scolds the Pharisees in Luke (11:39) "you pay tithes of mint and rue...but have no care for justice and the love of God." Not only does it taste great, but it freshens the breath, helps settle the stomach and aids digestion, and has been found to slow the growth of some fungi and bacteria.
    • Basil : A clean and distinctive flavor, it especially works great with fresh tomato and cooked tomato based dishes, such as those from Italy. It can be added to soups, salads, breads, and pasta and forms the key ingredient in pesto.Research studies on basil have shown unique health-protecting effects in two basic areas: basil's flavonoids and volatile oils. Flavonoids are chemicals components -- and Basil's have been found to protect cells from radiation and oxygen damage. It's oil has been found to have antibacterial properties, and it is a rich source of Vitamin A which helps prevent free-radical cell damage.
    • Parsley : A light and refreshing herb, with 2 main varieties curly and flat leaf. It is very versatile, and is wonderful added to just about any dish -- soups, salads, breads.It is also no modest herb -- bursting in Vitamin C, an important component to disease prevention and great skin. Plus it is also a rich source of other nutrients such as Vitamin's K and A, and Folic Acid, an important factor in good cardiovascular health.
    • Chives : They are delicate in flavor, and as such more suited to light dishes and salads, or as wonderful garnishes or decoration. If you have more than you need just store them in the freezer, and use as required.Chives are from the allium family , and All alliums contain iron, and vitamins. Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium , and High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc.
    • Thyme : This herb is one of my favorites. It has a warming and satisfying flavor, and works great with chicken, sprinkled on vegetables, and in light salads.Derived from a Greek word meaning courage, thyme is said to be an invigorating herb, and is also renowned for it's antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and anti-spasmodic qualities -- useful to soothe digestion and menstrual cramps and is an excellent source of iron and manganese, calcium and a food source of dietary fiber.
    • Dill : A light a refreshing herb which works wonderfully with salmon, in salads, and dressings.Dill's name comes from the old Norse word "dilla" which means "to lull" reflecting it's traditional uses as both a stomach soother and an insomnia reliever. The total volatile oil portion of dill has been shown to have bacteria-regulating effects, much like garlic, and is good source of calcium.
    • Sage : A strong and meaty herb, it partners well with some chicken dishes, as well as onions and potatoes, and form many herbal teas.Similar to rosemary and thyme, sage helps reduce depletion of the brain's concentration of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is crucial to proper brain function. A combination of ginkgo biloba, sage, and rosemary may help prevent or slow the development of Alzheimer's. More research is needed to find out why sage is so effective but researchers think it could be a combination of chemicals in the oil which have an effect on acetylecholine and which give it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, also considered to be of value in Alzheimer's therapy.Sage also promotes digestion health, its antiseptic action is especially important in relation to intestinal infection and is said to reduce gripping pains by relaxing the intestines. It is an excellent remedy for helping to remove mucous congestion in and numerous studies have confirmed that Sage leaf helps to reduce menopausal sweats, and helps reduce pain associated with menstruation.
      Who ever would have thought that herbs could be such nutritious powerhouses? So before you reach for the salt, think 'Fresh Nutritious Herbs', and add these to your breads, pasta dishes, salads, soups, meat dishes, hot teas, and anything else you'd like to try! Organic container gardening is the tool to growing your personal, pesticide free herbs, plus it's fun, fulfilling, a great way to save money, and it keeps you and the family bursting with health and vitality. Eric Samms has a passion for Container Gardening and wants to share it with everyone. Following years of starting, maintaining and developing his own Container Gardens – he is now willing to divulge his secrets. Now you can discover and learn all about Container Gardening and it's many amazing benefits for your life!

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