Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme - Herbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Song of these four herbs put to song by Simon and Garfunkel
All images courtesy Pixabay - Public Domain CCO
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