Spring and Herbs, they Go Together!

English: Indian spice

Here’s another introductory post that will broaden your herbal horizons. Most of us are familiar with culinary herbs, but few of us realize that many of those culinary herbs have powerful healing properties as well.

Spring is the perfect season to start (or renew) your relationship with the healing aspects of herbs.

This article will take a brief look at the big four made famous in a song by Simon and Garfunkel in the song off their album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme”: Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…

Parsley: Parsley is rich in nutrients and contains significant amounts of vitamins C, A, K and folate. It contains luteolin which is a strong anti-inflammatory ingredient. Parsley also contains myristicin, which neutralizes the benzopyrenes from cigarette smoke and helps the antioxidant glutathione function better in the body. Adding fresh parsley to a soup or stew can enrich the taste of the food.

Sage: Sage has been found to help protect the again brain against the loss of mental function that sometimes comes with age. Some say that sage increases the delivery of oxygen to the cerebral cortex region of the brain to help increase concentration. Excellent when added to soups and poultry dishes.

Sage is arguably one of the most versatile of the culinary herbs when it comes to healing properties. Oil of sage contains the compound thujone which is an effective anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ONE CAUTION WITH SAGE: If you have a seizure disorder, high blood pressure or kidney disease, sage should not be ingested in large doses.

Sage tea may have beneficial effects for those challenged with high blood sugar levels.

Sage has also been said to increase the flow of bile and help with liver detoxification.

Rosemary:  Rosemary contains an oil that helps to stimulate brain activity and increase brain alertness.  Rosemary also help energize your immune system. It can be steeped as a tea, or you can just use it to season your poultry dishes and soups.

If you crush some rosemary you can fill your space with an energizing scent. As you inhale the aroma, know that it is helping you to be more alert than if you drank another cup of harsh, adrenal gland smashing coffee.

Thyme: This is one of the first herbs that was used as an incense. In the Middle Ages, it was often mixed with equal parts of lavender and sprinkled on the floors of churches to help alleviate the odors that would be exacerbated by the large concentration of unwashed people together in a confined space.

Thyme has been recommended for intestinal worms, bronchial problems, diarrhea, and as a skin cleanser. It is known for its anti-fungal properties, and is used to treat athletes foot, colic, excess gas, and sore throats. As a poultice, it has been used on skin inflammation and to soothe sores.

Burning thyme repels insects and it also makes an excellent disinfectant, nervine, expectorant, sedative, stimulant, or an antiseptic.

Any of these herbs are relatively easy to grow in your home garden, and information on their care and tending is readily available. Try adding a few herbals to your garden this year! For your health and continued well-being.

Joel Salatin gives a tour of Polyface Farm. He...

Joel Salatin gives a tour of Polyface Farm.

The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard. ~Joel Salatin (from Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World)

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