Healthy Living

10 Hallelujah Herbs

Did you know that the humble herbs in your kitchen window does not only flavour your dishes from time to time, it also has amazing health properties!

Research has shown that consuming herbs may help to prevent and manage heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It also provides anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour qualities.

  1. Basil

Basil can prevent cancer and osteoporosis. It is packed with vitamin K which is essential for bone density.

Basil can be used in pesto, tomato dishes, potatoes, meat and poultry, pasta, rice, egg dishes. It also pairs well with strawberries.

  1. Chives

Chill and eat a chive when you lost your car keys…. Did you know that chives contain choline and folate that helps to improve your memory?

Chives add a wonderful flavour to salads, soups, chicken, cheese-and egg dishes, vinaigrette and home-made mayonnaise.

  1. Coriander

This herb has 5 impressive health benefits:

  • Helps to lower blood-sugar levels
  • Boosts immunity and helps to fight infections
  • It increases heart and brain health
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps to protect your skin

Coriander compliments Asian dishes, curries, stir-fries, soups and salads, seafood and guacamole.

  1. Dill

You will eat dill when you know how many nutrients this herb contains! It is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium and is packed with anti-oxidants.

Dill can be added to salads, sauces, fish, sour cream, cheese dishes as well as potato bakes.

  1. Mint

Mint contains a compound called menthol that has anti-oxidant and analgesic properties and is known to reduce inflammation. Mint can also benefit you in the following way:

  • It can heal the digestive tract and leaky gut syndrome
  • Helps to fight cancer
  • Naturally increases energy levels
  • Soothes Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
  • Open and soothe airways in people with allergies and asthma
  • And freshens your breathe

Mint can be added to almost any cold drink and a lamb dish without a mint sauce is just not the same! Do not forget to add mint when serving dessert.

  1. Oregano

Oregano has powerful anti-bacterial agents. It contains phytonutrients called thymol and carvacrol that helps to fight bacteria. It is also an excellent source of fibre, vitamin E and K, manganese, iron as well as the amino-acid tryptophan. You go oregano!

Oregano is known as the pizza- and pasta herb, but can also be added to any cheese, egg -or tomato dish.

  1. Parsley

Parsley is very rich in anti-oxidants. It supports bone health, protect the eyes and boosts your heart health. Having parsley infused tea might help to fight bladder infection.

The combination of garlic and parsley is always a winner! Parsley ads a freshness to pesto’s and compliments egg dishes, rice dishes, pasta, salads, sauces, sea food and vegetables.

  1. Rosemary

Give the student Mary some rosemary! Yes, rosemary helps to improve memory, focus and concentration.  Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties and improves blood circulation.

Rosemary compliments meat, poultry- and fish dishes very well.

  1. Sage

Sage is a natural hormone-balancing herb and can ease menopausal symptoms in women. It is also known to lower blood-sugar levels, reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, improve oral health and protect against cancer.

Sage will turn any stuffing, tomato dish, chicken or pumpkin dish into something unforgettable.

  1. Thyme

It is time you start eating thyme! Thyme is a rich source of vitamin C, and supports the immune system. Thyme also contains the minerals iron, copper and manganese.

Thyme enhances the flavour of poultry, soups, stock, stews, home-made mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar.

 

Written by Francine

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