Healthy herbs could be a very long list, but four of my favourite healthy herbs for flavour and health benefits are basil, coriander, rosemary and parsley. Many use herbs to enhance the character of savoury dishes. There are many herbs used in cooking which have several health benefits. The famous Mediterranean diet uses herbs in many recipes, which as a health copywriter I write about often. I love having a bunch of herbs on our kitchen table. We seem to all love picking at the herbs and adding to our meals.
4 Healthy Herbs That I Love For Flavour And Health Benefits
Basil is full of flavour, an aromatic herb belonging to the mint family. Delicious added to tomato dishes, omelettes, salads, pizza, mince and rice dishes. Mostly we use basil to make pesto. Mix the basil with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, Celtic salt and cracked black pepper.
Basil has potent medicinal properties. Health benefits basil may have included; digestive aid calms the nerves and may ease headaches. Basil may also help relieve colic, stomach spasms, kidney ailments, and poor circulation. Research suggests basil may help fight bacteria and viruses. Basil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and insecticidal properties.
Basil is a source of salvestrol. Salvestrols are found abundantly in red and green fruits, vegetables and herbs, including basil. Salvestrols may ward off cancer as they are activated only inside cancer cells, into compounds that can kill the cancer cell.
Coriander, also known as Cilento, is a herb used in many diets around the world. We add coriander to our salads, marinades, stir-fries, casseroles, curries and chutney. My family loves the flavour. Cilantro is full of nutritional benefits including; phytonutrients, flavonoid and phenolic compounds which means coriander may help alkalize our body.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean area. Roast lamb and rosemary seem to go hand in hand together at home. I have a large pot of rosemary by my washing line which wafts a beautiful rosemary perfume through our washing. Rosemary is known for improving memory and increasing focus. Some say it may help improve your mood, clear your mind and relieve stress. Other health properties rosemary may have include; boosting immunity, antibacterial, stomach soother, breath fresher, blood flow stimulator, anti-inflammatory, detoxification and pain reliever.
Parley is excellent for adding to soups, salads, whole grilled fish, pesto, tabbouleh and garnishing all your savoury dishes. We enjoy chopping parsley and adding it to crushed garlic and lemon zest to make a fragrant rub for chicken, lamb or beef. Parsley is high in chlorophyll, carotenes, and vitamin C, folic acid, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc and is an excellent source of dietary fibre. Parsley may help with many symptoms and disorders including; inflammation, bladder infection, digestive problems, arthritis, bloating, weak immunity and skin problems. For a complete list of fruit, vegetables and herbs and when they are in season.