Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine.

Ginger helps with ailments such as

  • Motion sickness
  • Dizziness
  • Morning sickness
  • Arthritis

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

Ginger has nutrients that help a person stay healthy including

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Magnesium

There are many foods that can be made with ginger

  • Candied ginger
  • Smoothies
  • Teas

 

 

Herb Profile: Basil

This herb is related to the peppermint. The leaves of the basil are round, often pointed. They can be used to make tea, and are dried for other purposes as well.

The health benefits of basil are varied, and include

  • Antibacterial properties
  • Heart benefits

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

Used in Thai, Italian and other cuisine, Basil has many nutrients essential to good health.

Some of these nutrients include

  • Vitamins K, A and C
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Potassium

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Herb Profile: Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is an herb that grows on a tree, which is a bit unusual.  Its a bitter, spicy herb used in many recipes, and can also be used to prevent bugs from getting into foods and food areas. This is why I suggest placing them on pantry shelves.

Bay has many health benefits, including

  • Stimulation of appetite
  • Help for colic
  • Relief from flatulence
  • To get rid of dandruff
  • To help with scabies

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

The nutritional value of bay includes

  • Vitamins A and C and B6
  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Omega 3 and 6
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Protein

Some really great recipes using bay leaves include

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Herb Profile: Peppermint

Peppermint is an herb that is often used as a flavoring for many products including gum and candy. It makes a great tea, hot or cold.

Peppermint is widely grown in Europe and is a very calming herb, and can help with:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Induces perspiration when needed

It also has antiviral and antibacterial effects, and can be helpful in treating skin problems.

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

The nutritional value of peppermint includes:

  • Vitamins A and C
  • Manganese
  • Fiber
  • Iron

Some great recipes using peppermint include:

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Oregano

Oregano is an herb that has a flavor described as not only warm, but balsamic as well. It is aromatic. The name Oregano means ‘Mountian Joy’.

Oregano has many essential nutrients, including:

  • Lots of Vitamin K
  • Iron
  • Fiber
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

Oregano also has health benefits. They include anti-bacterial properties.

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

Oregano is used in:

  • Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Mexican Cuisine
  • Pizza
  • Italian Cuisine

 

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Herb Profile: Chamomile

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, will grow easily in a home garden or on a windowsill. The tea has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time, and are made from the flower head to take advantage of the oils.

Chamomile is good for many ailments, including

  • Anxiety
  • Cankers
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Insomnia
  • Gingivitis
  • Migraines

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

To cure conjunctivitis: Place a chamomile tea bag in warm water for a few minutes, then apply to the infected eye. Do this three times a day. Not only does this help humans, but it will help cats and dogs as well.

Recipes using Chamomile

Herb Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary is an attractive herb. It is said to mean friendship, and has health benefits.

Rosemary helps to prevent

  • Cancer
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Digestive issues

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

Rosemary is very useful in cooking, and can be used in

  • Lamb dishes
  • Teas
  • Soups and stews
  • Fish dishes
  • Rice dishes

It can also be used as a companion plant for cabbage and sage.

Italian Potatoes with Onion and Rosemary

Herb Profile: Parsley

Parsley is a Mediterranean herb. Very aromatic, parsley is used as a seasoning as well as a garnish and is very easy to grow and dry. It is packed full of Vitamins C and A and has many antioxidants, making it very good for you.

Parsley’s health benefits include

  • Optimal health
  • Heart health
  • Use for Arthritis

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

Parsley is great added to

  • Potatoes
  • Salads
  • Soups and stews
  • Pasta and pizza sauces
  • Chicken and beef dishes
  • Fish dishes

Herb Profile: Chives

Popular among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, chives are easily grown in any garden, or even where there is no garden.  They are part of the lily family, like onions and other types of herbs. Chives originated from Asia and Europe, coming to the United States later. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible.

Chives are noted for having certain health benefits, such as those needed for

  • Digestion
  • Circulation
  • Respiration

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

My nephews enjoy eating the leaves fresh from the garden.

Chives make great additions to many recipes, including

  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Salads
  • Potato Recipes

Here are some ways you can use chives

  • Top baked potato with chopped leaves.
  • Add to soups and stews after cooking.
  • Chop leaves and add to omelets.
  • Use the flowers in salads.

What uses do you have for chives?

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