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Culinary Herbs


As seen on Home Herbalist Magazine's blog. 


Did you know you could have wonderful healing substances in your garden and not even know it?  Let's look at some that are fun and easy to grow.  In this article I am going to talk about culinary "doses".  When small amounts are used in cooking, it reduces the chance of drug interaction and contraindications.



I have all of these growing in my garden and use them on a daily basis.  It is so fun to run out to the herb garden and snip off just what I need.  It's always fresh, beautiful, vibrant and I know exactly where it's coming from.



Basil (Ocimum basilium) - is a common herb you will find listed in many recipes.  It can be used to make pesto and even lemonade.  If you haven't tried basil lemonade, I highly suggest it!  YUM!  Basil contains vitamin A, C, K, folate (B9), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and sodium manganese. (source)  Basil has been known to help with inflammation and pain, improve bone density, and reduce bacterial infection.  It is also known to aid in clotting of the blood, reduce PMS symptoms, acts as an antioxidant, cancer fighter, immune booster, aphrodisiac, fever reducer, promote a healthy brain, boost metabolism, reduce depression and stress, aid in heart and liver health, digestion and diabetes.  



Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - is native to the Mediterranean region and typically used in soups, stews and stuffing. It contains iron, calcium, vitamin A, C, and B6, thiamin (B1), folate (B9), magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, and manganese. Rosemary has been known to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory systems, promote hair growth, ai