Know your herbs: Everything you need to know about the benefits of these plants Know your herbs: Everything you need to know about the benefits of these plants

Know your herbs: Everything you need to know about the benefits of these plants

They’re a fabulous addition to food and are great for your health as well! Use these natural ingredients to cook tasty meals without complex ingredients, all while naturally improving your health.

In the kitchen, herbs will provide your body with several health benefits and give a special flavor to each of your recipes. Here are some tips on which herbs to use, how to do it, and, above all, how to preserve them! Without these additions, our culinary lives would be much sadder and our dishes wouldn’t be as appetizing.

Grow and store aromatic herbs

To plant your own herbs at home, you need little space but a lot of dedication. Some herbs are very strong and resist every weather type, like parsley. Others are very delicate, like basil, and need water, plenty of sunlight, and regular pruning. Some fresh herbs such as parsley or basil can be stored for many days in water, as if they were a bouquet of flowers, and by covering the leaves with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect.

Herbs a fabulous addition to food and are great for your health as well!

For longer storing periods, you can also wrap the herbs in a damp cloth or kitchen paper and store them inside a zip bag in the fridge. If you’re sure that you won’t use the aromatic herbs for a couple of days, you can chop them, put them in an ice tray, and fill it with oil. Keep in the freezer for as long as you need and then use them to cook any dish.

Should you use fresh or dried herbs?

Fresh and dry herbs are a good choice and it essentially depends on your taste and your dishes.

The equivalence between fresh and dried aromatic herbs is 4 to 1. This means that, if in a recipe it’s asked for a certain amount of a dried herb, you’ll have to add 4 times that amount if you’re using fresh herbs. If you don’t, the taste will be weaker. Other than that, there isn’t a big difference; both versions are a good choice and it essentially depends on your taste and your dishes.

Here are 5 medicinal plants that you can start growing at home:

1- Rosemary

Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, rosemary is not just a great addition to your baked potatoes: It’s great for memory and concentration and also improves digestion. It can also be used in sweet and savoury dishes or even drank as a tea. As rosemary seeds might take ages to germinate,  buying young plants instead is a better idea. The good thing is that rosemary requires little maintenance, just make sure to keep the plant well-watered during dry seasons and cut back annually.

2- Basil

Basil is a super tasty herb, that is also recommended for rheumatism and muscular pains. Can be used as an infusion, or for topping pasta dishes, in your salads and some also use it for sweet foods. Basil grows well in warm environments that receive about six hours of sun each day, be careful not to flood the plant: Water the pot only when the soil is dry to touch.

3-  Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is the holy grail of plants. It works wonders for your skin, for your hair and body in general. It is a magic gel that relieves pain, protects the skin, is excellent as a toothpaste and is an extraordinary antioxidant if ingested. Aloe is best kept in temperatures between 13 and 27°C (about 55 to 80°F), but it grows virtually all over the world. Water deeply but infrequently, about once every 2 weeks.

4- Mint

MInt is amazing for circulation and is a great digestive tea. Apart from being tasty and great for the body, mint plants require minimal care. Water the plant regularly if grown indoors -Most will tolerate shade, and the variegated types may require some protection from direct sun.

5- Parsley

It is especially recommended for hypertension. Keep your parsley plant near a sunny window, keep the soil lightly moist and empty the saucer under the pot after every watering. Feed the plants every two weeks.  And another advantage is that you can grow other herbs in the same container.

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