Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme - Herbs

Parsley
Parsley

Parsley

True love of mine.

Parsley is a flavorful, nutritional herb. Derived from the Greek word meaning "rock celery" (related to celery), parsley has been used for centuries and was used medicinally long before that. With more than 30 varieties, the two most popular are flat-leaf parsley and curly-leaf parsley found in produce section of your stores or easy to grow yourself.

Besides adding so much added flavor to soups, vegetables, meats and other dishes, parsley is full of valuable nutrients that have proven health benefits. Parsley contains three times as much vitamin C as oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach. It's a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A and folate and folic acid.

Parsley contains beneficial antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. These compounds combine with oxygen-containing molecules and help prevent damage to cells. Parsley extracts have also been found to increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood in animal studies.

The folic acid in parsley is a critical nutrient in cardiovascular health. In particular, folic acid helps convert potentially dangerous homocysteine into harmless molecules, a process that protects blood vessels and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

People who eat the most of vitamin-C-rich foods (like parsley) had a three times greater chance not developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who ate less. This was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Fresh is more flavorful and I prefer the flat over the curly for growing myself but I am sure some may prefer the curly, I find it harder for me personally to grow also so I stick with the flat and I can’t say I have a green thumb so I always keep dried herbs of about everything. I particularly like the fresh flat in salads though, but parsley can be added to almost anything.

Sage
Sage

Sage

Medicinal and culinary.

Sage is a silvery-green plant with leaves that very fragrant. The most common variety of sage was first found growing in regions around the Mediterranean but now grows in parts of North America also. The leaves of the sage herb serve both medicinal and culinary purposes.

Many centuries has sage been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. It has been used in connection with sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding. As a tea, sage has been given for sore throats and coughs. It also is used this for rheumatism, menstrual bleeding, strengthening the nervous system and sharpening the senses, or memory. It can be used as a gargle for inflammation in the mouth, gums or throat, also being antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral showing how it can medically be used. It also has been claimed to aid in excessive sweating, some menopause symptoms and upset stomach. Sage can be made into a tea to gargle or drink.

Rosemary. There is not a finer herb than rosemary!
Rosemary. There is not a finer herb than rosemary!

Mythical rosemary.

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Myths of rosemary

There are many myths and superstitions about rosemary, from warding off evil spirits, using in funerals, weddings or for whatever reasons and the list goes on, that I will not include here, interesting folklore but not relevant to this hub.

Rosemary is one of my favorites and it will grow for me so well with no care, outside, right through the winter month’s green thumb, or blue, which I am more apt to have! One day I hope to have hedges of it because it grows so high and full.

It is said to be great for muscle aches and pain, migraine headaches, joint disorders, amenorrhea, increase energy, digestion, improve memory. The oils have antibacterial and antiviral accomplishments for wounds, burns. I have been using it for a couple of years along with other herbs. Every morning I add rosemary I have ground to a powder with celery seed (which is like a diuretic) to toast and all fruit jelly because I am allergic to all blood pressure medicines and the celery seed has definitely taken the swelling from my ankles, but if you are on a diuretic you should not eat celery seed. I have made herbs a big part of my life but all things should be studied or talked over with your doctor or pharmacist is what I prefer.

Herbs like all things may cause allergies so always try one at a time to know if it may affect you. I think I have tried them all and I feel so much better than the couple of years I was buying things from infomercials costing me hundreds of dollars and doing nothing. I make soups with every vegetable imaginable I think and add almost every herb I have ever owned. Soup is a great way to use herbs but don’t get so carried away you lose your flavor of the veggies, and hold back on your salt until very last thing because you won’t need so much with all the herbs. If you are watching your weight always remember salt will hold that fat on you. I had to be on a salt free diet during my two pregnancies (this was before my herb knowledge) and I weighed 103 when I got to the hospital to deliver and 95 returning home! That’s what watching salt will do for you, plus keep down your blood pressure.

Rosemary relieves intestinal cramps, bloating and gas, stopping growth of yeast helps prevent yeast infections, arthritis, pain and bruises.

I also keep green tea with honey made (more antioxidants!) and make a few pints with herbs I let brew about half an hour, then strain. I keep salsa jars, etc. to pour these teas in instead of plastic and usually they seal and although I refrigerate them I think it still keeps it fresher and purer until I drink it. This wouldn't be necessary if you don't make so much at a time but I like to make enough for a week to ten days and want it as fresh as possible.

There are different types of rosemary, I prefer the pine scented, and cut several sprigs at Christmas and place in vases to scent the house and these sprigs grow roots that can then be planted into more rosemary bushes. It is also said to keep moths away so I toss it back in closets too.

Thyme
Thyme

Thyme

Perennial like rosemary. Grows all year.

Many Thyme Benefits

Thyme is good for cough, blood pressure, acne (when made into a facial product), immunity (great source of vitamin C and A), good source of copper, manganese, fiber and iron.

Thyme fights mold so is an anti-fungal; used in pesticides for rats mice and other animal pests. It is antibacterial and fights viruses. Great for mosquito repellent when rubbed to release the natural oils.

Used in mouthwash, deodorant and potpourri. Using fresh leaves or whole sprigs is a great way to prepare meat or poultry.Thyme has an ingredient called carvacrol which affects our neuron activity boosting our feelings of well being! http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme#5

The Egyptians used it for embalming, being a preservative, also known as a courage herb and for good luck. It is perennial just like rosemary.

It is an anti-fungal, antiseptic, good for scrapes and cuts, kills lice, and helps muscle cramps during menstruation cycles. Tea of this helps with hangovers, a digestive aid, and good for lungs in respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and cough. Good for fatigue, depression and stress, fungal or bacterial infections, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, athletes foot and also a good source of iron, manganese and calcium.

I don’t know about you but even using herbs daily all this info makes me want to opens some bottles I haven’t had out in awhile. Please remember that although this was all our ancestors had, that our government does not allow anything other than chemical medications as cures, so check with your doctor before using anything or risk mixing herbs that may not go with these chemicals. I certainly want no one hurt, always remember one man’s medicine is another man’s poison. Or is that Vice Verse? I certainly have not tried herbs on all these ailments, just passing the word and that I am amazed how much better I feel but I also make smoothies, etc. but I use herbs in those too. Also great at bedtime is fat free soymilk with chamomile tea and honey or a sleepy time tea. I have my tea made already sweetened with honey (as little as possible) so I pour my cup half full and fill it with milk or soy milk and heat 60 seconds, it’s really good and I have never been a milk in the tea drinker so I was surprised. I love getting good tips so just passing mine on to you.

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

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Song of these four herbs put to song by Simon and Garfunkel

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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

all good info - I love rosemary tea by itself - once in a while.

parsley - is delicious right from the garden to the rain barrel to the mouth LOL

keep on sharing


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you, my days are filled with herbs, glad you shared your likes too.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

I'm just getting ready to pour myself a cup of rosemary and mugwort tea...it has been sitting on the stove waiting for me, and this hub reminded me that it was there.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

So glad it did Enlydia!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I don't know of anyone but Jackie Lynnley that would present these herbs in such an original fashion. I love the song, and I am so surprised to learn of the nutritional value. Especially parley having more C than oranges. How interesting. Voted awesome and shared!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

rebecca thank you so much..for the double compliment!


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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida

Wow. Thanks for passing this info on. I was wondering...what conditions do these plants grow best? Do they like a lot of water...direct sunlight? I always have trouble sustaining a thyme plant. I suspect I'm over watering, but even when I don't...they don't last. I can't seem to maintain them. I do pretty well with a lot of my other plants, but this is one that frustrates me, because I love to cook with thyme.

Also, I never thought to make tea from these plants, especially the part about adding milk. I love milk in my tea...rice, almond, or if I can't get those, then I'll do soy milk, but really, soy is not good for you. Nevertheless, I will have to try making tea with them. How long do you boil the leaves? For instance, when I cook with thyme, I like to cook it until the leaves fall off, which I usually do in stews or things with gravy. How do you do it?


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Etherealenigma - You are welcome. I have good luck with herbs but I live in the south were most anything will grow but almost all herbs you buy come with special instructions on how to take care of them. As for teas I use a boil then ten minute seep on them all. I have found people have different preferences but the majority agree on this to not cook out the nutrients but to be sure you get all out. Well I have the seep for 10 minute minimum that is, I just make sure I do not boil teas, just bring water to a boil; add tea, then seep. I may add that to my hub if it doesn't make it too long and drawn out. Soy milk has good benefits, I will have to add those for why I choose it. Thanks.


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Tiffany Latte 4 years ago from USA

I enjoy herbs myself, great Hub.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Tiffany.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I grow all these in pots out on our patio so I am sure that there is many tips for all gardeners to try out.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Eddy, I toss these into almost all I eat and they are such fun to grow aren't they?


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molometer 3 years ago

Four of my favourite herbs. Parsley sage rosemary and thyme. And the song is a classic too.

It is true. We have lost so much knowledge of the medicinal applications of these, and many other herbs.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Michael, I can only guess the song brought on the idea for the hub, one of the best song ever, endless.


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

I love using this herbs when I am cooking. In the last few years I have been researching the benefits of using herbs for medicinal reasons. It is amazing how many are out there for simple cures from an upset stomach to cancer. Very helpful hub! Thanks!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

tlpoague - Me too, I have almost everything and through all I can in salads or teas, I wish I had known all I do now years ago. They are fun to grow too. Thank you!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

the approach of gardening time suggests these be added to the plantings to be done. Fine article, Jackie. When do we see the Haiku you promised to work on doing, if you ever got snowed in? Didn't it happen this 2013-2014 Winter?


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh no it sure didn't Perspycacious; I saw a smudge of snow is all there is to be I guess and a good thing for I forgot all about that promise. I would like to learn to do one though, I really should learn. Will put that on my to do list! Thanks.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I use herbs mainly for edicinal purposes and tea. It is always hice to read someone elses' perspective. Beautiful Hub. Love you photos.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I am no master at growing herbs Patsy but I get them any way I can and use anyway I can! Hope you give us lots and lots of tips. lol I know I could use them.

I love searching out great pictures. Pleased you like them.


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Tiffany Latte 2 years ago from USA

Love growing herbs, especially basil.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Great Tiffany; so far I am not too good with basil; now I have the red or is it purple; and it just comes up every year on its own but the sweet that I love always dies out on me. Hope you have some tips.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Jackie, you did this three years ago, long before I started sniffing rosemary and it's all here. Great hub my friend, well done.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Jo; rosemary is my favorite I must say!


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

I like the colorful photos and illustrations.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you poetryman!

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