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Natural Remedies in the Culinary Herb Garden

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There’s something truly wonderful about a kitchen herb garden. A garden full of flavorful bits that can be picked and tossed into dishes as inspiration strikes. The amazing thing about that kitchen herb garden is that it often serves multiple purposes if we do any herbal studies at all. In fact we can find many natural remedies in the culinary herb garden meaning that space no matter how large or small can fill our spice racks and our medicine cabinets. As planning for the spring garden begins, think about adding or using these herbs in different ways:

Find natural remedies in the culinary herb garden and all that space and those plants to serve double duty in the home.

Basil

Everyone’s favorite pesto herb can also be used to relieve stomach cramps, nausea, and constipation. Basil has even been used to promote lactation in nursing mothers. Be generous with basil in those winter sauces and pizzas as this herb is antibacterial and antiviral making it a great choice to help fight cold and flu season.

Mint

This often invasive herb has a multitude of uses both internally and externally. Dry lots of mint for tea that can help with digestion and calming frazzled nerves.

Tasty and healing make the most of prolific garden herbs by preserving mint for food and medicine to use throughout the year.

Oregano

Toss lots of oregano into those red sauces and other dishes as it helps with headaches and indigestion. Infuse oregano in vinegar to treat fungal infections. Use oregano treat coughs and rid the body of excess phlegm.

Make the most of the over-productive herb garden with these 10 ways to use oregano for food, medicine, and cleaning while also helping pollinators thrive.

Parsley

This bit of greenery is so much more than a garnish. Parsley is a gentle diuretic making it a perfect choice for fighting premenstrual water retention. It also helps rid the body of toxins making it a perfect choice during detoxes. 

Rosemary

This fragrant herb can help relieve headaches and is said to even promote mental focus. Rosemary is said to help to stimulate circulation making it a perfect cold day herb to get the blood flowing. 

Sage

This herb so often used in sausage also helps the body break down mucus making it a great choice for those stuffy colds. It’s antibacterial and can help fight sore throats when the tea is gargled. Sage can also help us relax and get a better night’s sleep.

Thyme

Another antibacterial, thyme is often used to treat sinus infection. A tincture of thyme can be used externally to help treat fungal infections. It also relieves gas and bloating so toss ample amounts into those casseroles and stews.

Don't ignore the spice rack when treating common ailments. Learn to use thyme for medicine to remedy digestive issues, colds, and more.

Fill the herb garden with these plants this spring and be prepared for tasty meals and natural remedies. Use them fresh and dry bunches for winter cooking and healing.

Do you have a favorite natural remedy in your culinary herb garden?

Be safe: These herbs are generally considered safe in culinary applications and doses. When using in medicinal quantities care should be taken. Rosemary and sage in medicinal quantities should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women. As always double check with an herbalist, doctor, or pharmacist to be sure the herbs won’t interfere with any prescription medications.  As always avoid herbs if anyone is allergic and seek advice from trained professionals if you have any concerns. 

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momsav

Saturday 13th of February 2016

I use thyme, infused in local honey, for sore throats. I eat it raw, from the spoon, or in tea. It works wonders. I sometimes give a small jar as a gift.

Homespun Seasonal Living

Saturday 13th of February 2016

What a wonderful idea and gift to give!

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