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HERBS – WHY BOTHER?  improve your health, diet and culinary skills.

Use herbs or spices for flavouring instead of salt or artificial chemical flavourings. According to the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, herbs have a higher antioxidant content than most plant foods. Antioxidants benefit our bodies by strengthening our immune system, and help to fight toxins (also called free radicals or poisons). Antioxidants protect the body from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. We are exposed to many poisons. Through our diet: preservatives, artificial flavourings and chemicals. We inhale fumes, smoke and other pollutants. Toxins are found in household cleaning products, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, and so on.

Good news for calorie counting and weight loss – herbs are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and contain only a few calories. Herbs are nutrient dense super foods with proven health benefits. Buy fresh, dried, or grow your own to use in cooking or make herbal remedies.

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BASIL is delicious, especially in Italian dishes; the main ingredient in most Italian Pesto sauces. Used for centuries for health benefits and to season food; contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.  A Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and water to grow.

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CORIANDER is also called Chinese Parsley or Cilantro. Coriander is often used in Indian dishes; contains a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

Prefers sunny spots, and well–drained soil.  The seeds can also be eaten. The seeds should be dried and crushed before added to dishes.

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PARSLEY is one of the most popular garnishes. High in vitamins K, C, and A. Rich in enzymes and anti-oxidants that boosts the digestive and excretory system (aids digestion).  Parsley helps cleanse the kidneys and sweetens the breath; contains a good source of flavonoids (especially luteolin), beta-carotene, folate and iron.

Needs plenty of light, and prefers well-drained moisture retaining soil.

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ROSEMARY is wonderful for seasoning vegetables and meat.  Rosemary contains Vitamins B-1, B-3, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.  Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, which needs plenty of sunshine.  In colder climates, it is best to grow indoors, or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.  The leaves can be turned upside down and hung to dry for about two weeks before grinding into a powder.

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SAGE, or Salvia, is delicious popular seasoning, which is often added to stuffing.

High in vitamin K. Held as a great tonic, and an antibiotic, an anti-fungal, an astringent, and an antispasmodic. Sage is a Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and space.  Sage needs well-drained soil. In wet climates it is best to grow sage in raised beds or in containers.

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Natural Diet | Mesh ball, or spice ball a handy gadget for adding herbs or spices to green tea, herbal tea or to cooking (like cloves to apples or pears)

 

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PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.


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