Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

 

What is commonly known about Herbs and Spices are that they not only add flavor to our favorite dishes, they have nutritional value as well as medicinal uses.  Dating back to the middle ages, herbs and spices have been used as natural remedies for a variety of health concerns, most of which still exist today.

Starting with cinnamon it is known to control blood sugar levels; Rosemary relieves stress and inflammation.  Cayenne helps with digestion and circulation.  Turmeric supports brain health, combats symptoms of Alzheimer’s,  arthritis and asthma.  Thyme fights fungus.  Ginger promotes stronger bones and is known to aid in the prevention of cancer.  Nutmeg is a pain reliever, stops indigestion, aids oral hygiene and brain health.  Basil contains antioxidants and is loaded with Vitamin A.  Sage is also an antioxidant with properties the benefit lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Growing herbal plants can be fun and as easy as a simple urban garden box.  Additional uses for herbs stem from cooking to health and beauty.  Easy to  grow are Flat Italian Parsley, Sweet Basil, Garden Sage, Italian Oregan, Rosemary, Lemon Thyme and Fern Leaf Dill.

A simple plant box ideal for a small patio and also allows for easy separation of the herbs for picking.  Choose from a vast variety, the most common are culinary, vegetables, salad, berries teas, scented and medicinal.  For our purposes, we will concentrate on culinary, salad and teas.

You know the way, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.  Then there is Alfalfa, Lentils, Cress, Alexanders, Valerian, Oat, Buckwheat and Sunflower, and alas there is Juniper, Raspberry, Blackberry, Currant and Strawberries.  You might not attempt to grow them all.  The culinary are the most useful and provide the easiest pathway to success.  Venture out to the nearest healthy eating grocer or market for the rest.

So wherever possible if the recipe calls for dried herbs, substitute with fresh from the garden and notice the difference in taste.

A simple conversion of dried to fresh is 1 part dried to 3 parts fresh.