The Power of Herbs


Power of Fresh Herbs

parsley, dill, fenugreek, chives

parsley, dill, fenugreek, chives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most recent issue of Oxygen (April 2013) provided me with some insight into the benefits of fresh herbs.

I have been adding fresh herbs, like mint, basil, and dill, to my salads for awhile now, primarily due to their ability to revive my taste buds.  Let me tell ya,  what an easy way to wake up a salad!  Having a salad without fresh herbs at this point seems so boring and unsatisfying.  A time saving strategy of mine is to buy a pre-mixed salad blend, with the addition of freshly chopped Romaine or Bibb lettuce.  Olivia’s Salad Mixes offer a variety of blends, one of which includes fresh herbs, although I think the only herb in there is dill but needless to say, a little dill goes a long way!

Here’s a debriefing on what herbs have to offer you:

Oregano

  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Wards off cellular damage through antioxidants, content of which is higher than many fruits and vegetables!

Terragon

  • Helpful digestive aide
  • High Vitamin A & C content

Dill

  • Helps with stomach upset and indigestion
  • A little history for you:
    • Used by the Greeks to improve sleep (placed over the eyes)
    • Remedy for pain, as thought of by the Romans

Rosemary

  • Inhaling the aroma of rosemary gives you a boost, in not 1, but 3 ways (!):
    • Mood
    • Memory
    • Alertness

Basil

  • Good source of Vitamin K (2 tbsps = 27% RDI)
    • Vitamin K is useful for:  bones,
    • Good source of magnesium
      • Magnesium is useful for:  sleep, relaxation, and management of stress

Storage of Harvested Herbs

When you harvest your herbs, or buy a pack/bunch at the grocery store (and soon enough,  at your local farmer’s market! J ) the easiest way to keep them is to:

  1. Dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the stems of the herbs.  Then place in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the bunch in a container with some water, enough that just the stems have access…otherwise the greens will get soggy.

I intend to start an herb (as well as vegetable) garden using these seed packets that I picked up the other day.  I am pretty excited to start this project but unsure of how to start and am wondering how I should contain these seedlings seeing as I will be moving sometime this summer.  I will most likely start the seedlings in a eco friendly seed start up kit and then transfer them to either recycled cans/mason jars or terra cotta pots.  If you have expertise in the area and would like to offer some insight, by all means go right ahead!

 

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