Herbs: More than just a flower

Herbs are quite often used for their culinary flavour, but there are so many more perks than purely taste. Herbal medicine is the oldest and still most widely used medicine in the world, with science constantly validating the ancient wisdom of herbal medicine.

We distinguish herbs from vegetables purely by the fact that due to usually more intense flavours we use them for flavour as opposed to substance.  There are so many herbs used the world over, for their medicinal attributes, detoxifying abilities and anti inflammatory properties but today I thought we could look at five common herbs, that we all have access to, or could even grow.

Its easy to incorporate herbs into your daily regime, add them to soups, salads, smoothies, juice them.

 

Garlic

Garlic is one of the most widely used herbs the world over and one of the most well studied. Medicinally it’s been found that garlic can be used to lower blood pressure, as an antiseptic, and be useful in reducing blood sugar levels. Its also great for boosting the immune system.

Garlic has also been used historically as an anti-parasitic and as a remedy for cold and flu’s.  Please be sure to buy only Australian grown garlic, imported garlic is fumigated with methyl bromide, recognised as a toxic chemical even by the Australian government, ingesting this chemical counteracts the medicinal benefits. Get organic garlic here

 

Aloe Vera

This succulent is renown for its ability to hasten healing of wounds and burns, reducing the risk of infection as well as being a potent laxative.  Its healing capabilities are attributed to the presence of Aloectin B, a compound that stimulates the immune system and is beneficial for almost all skin conditions.  In low doses it can stimulate digestion work internally for IBS and peptic ulcers.

There are cautions to taking aloe internally and as such would suggest purchasing a per prepared gel. Externally the clear gel from the leaf can be used directly onto the skin.

We have aloe plants available in the farm store.

 

Rosemary

So in Greece before an exam rosemary is burnt to improve the memory, interestingly because it stimulates circulation of blood to the head, which improves memory and concentration, for this reason its said to encourage hair growth on the head too. Its a great remedy for migraines and tired and achey muscles

It also stimulates the adrenal glands.

We have freshly picked rosemary from our farm available in the store and online

 

Parsley

Parsley is like a natural vitamin and mineral supplement, containing super high amounts of Vitamins A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, choline, folates, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and copper. And a  good source of volatile compounds such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.

Great for flushing toxins particularly from the liver and can be useful in relieving menstrual pain.  The vitamin C and beta carotene content have been shown to anti inflammatory effect in the body especially beneficial with rheumatoid Arthritis, toothaches, bruises, insect bites, and rough skin

We have both seedlins and harvested fresh parsley available in the store and online

 

Coriander

Coriander has Anti-allergic properties, with strong anti histamine compounds, as well as being high in Citronelol, a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial. Its great for aiding in digestion, and the proper functioning of the liver and bowels.

We have both seedlins and harvested fresh coriander available in the store and online

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 by Angela Gioffre
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