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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.