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The Commonly Grown Herbs
Different Herbal Plants
Many Different Herbs
I have learned of the commonly grown herbs during my daily walks up in the mountains.
During my experiences with the many herbs, and of the new types of herbs I discovered anew herb each time.
I recently found out more the commonly grown herbs right in my backyard.
Over the years, I constantly heard of the benefits of herbs and of how some could be used as pain relievers.
Before my move to Croatia I read about the various types of herbs. I did not think at that time I would grow the exact same type of herbs in my beautiful garden.
Among the most common herb in my garden is the lovely green scented Mint and fresh Coriander. Other herbs such as Sage, Lavender, Basil, Rosemary and Fennel I saw these herbal plants else where.
As I got older, my knowledge improved and I know what is beneficial to me in many ways.
I prefer to add mint to salads for its refreshing aroma. I slice ripe tomatoes and finely chop onions for a fresh salad.
Also, I made mint sauce and that turned out well.
You can very finely chop a few sprigs of fresh mint and add to water and vinegar to your taste.
You will need at least two handfuls of fresh green mint. Six tablespoonfuls of white vinegar, half a cup boiling water, and two tablespoons of sugar.
Allow for the water to cool down before adding the sugar, vinegar and the main ingredient, mint.
Try the mint sauce recipe according to your sweetness and tangy taste as required from the vinegar.
I don't have mint growing in containers but from the ground and have far too much at the moment.
I have mint grown in two different places of the garden, and is not easy to get rid off from the ground. if you would prefer to grow mint in pots that would be a great idea too,
A beautiful herb in its feature and is also used in many of my cuisines. I use Rosemary when I fry fish, grill or for any type of stew.
- When I prepare a barbecue with fish I add olive oil, and fresh Rosemary to the fish with freshly chopped garlic. Sometimes I burn the Rosemary in the hot fire to add more flavor to the fish from the fire.
Rosemary grows in our Mediterranean climate with needle sharp edged leaves and the flowers are pretty purple.
I often see bees on the flowers and feel happy to see more bees coming back to our garden. The rocky side of hills we have allows for the Rosemary to grow so magnificently.
Note that we planted our Rosemary from root it does not grow well in pots, or from seed.
I read of Lemon grass but have not yet tried it in any of my cooking. I have seen a documentary of Chef Wan and he used Lemon grass in almost all of his recipes in cooking.
I had the plant dug up from the wild and had it planted in my back yard it has purple flowers and a very strong aroma.
A well known herb found in the European fields, grows in small shrubs, and is a tea used for some ailments.
The nectar of the Lavender flower is used to make quality honey; Lavender has been used for generations and can be found in the European region. People still gather this wild herb from the fields, and dry for using at a later stage, and are kept in glass bottles.
A herb used for flavoring foods, mostly in French cuisines with a sweet taste. It has a strong aroma and used to keep fish moths at bay, and for attracting bees with the beautiful flowers it bears.
Lavender flowers are collected before the buds open and while the aroma is still at its best. Dried lavender should be used with caution because of its impotency.
it is of the mint family and can be used like you would use sage, or rosemary, a combination of other herbs and spices, including, thyme.
Used for headaches, like migraines, for dizzy spells, sore joints, inflammations, and, a cure for hoarseness.
Lavender is a great herb. I have the French lavender and the Croatian Lavender similar aroma but different kind of leaves.
The flowers are also purple.
Not all lavender are edible and all lavender taste similar with not a very nice taste.
I have not eaten lavender but heard that one has to acquire the different taste.
Do you know what is Angelica?
It is a biennial herb only if you allow for seed at the end of season it then becomes the perennial herb.
I have not yet planted Angelica herb but l eventually would like to try another new herb.
I recently learned a few new and different Herbs
The Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng:
Athletes are energetic.
Boosts energy, and reduces fatigue mentally.
The body adjusts to stress levels as normal.
For the sex organs, free blood flow to the penis.
Women in the stage of menopause can use red ginseng for the stimulation of the estrogen production.
Boots the metabolism of an individual and is also used for detoxifying, and for those who are diabetic.
What is Arnica?
Many people are using Arnica for pain relief. One of the best herbs used for pain relief.
A natural product and is considered as a family medicine.
Found in Europe and of North America, Arnica, has been used for many years, and is useful for arthritis, for sore muscles, for strained and sore muscles.
The anti-inflammatory called thymol helps with the pain.
Some people may experience allergic reaction such as vomiting.
Coriander is grown in most parts of the world, a soft plant which grows to fifty centimeters in height, and is commonly found in the wild in the areas of the Eastern countries.
Most commonly used in cooking, ground or in a form of powder. Coriander is used in soups; this is an ingredient of other Indian spices which includes garam-masala, in pickling, and pudding spices.
The seeds of the coriander are used for brewing drinks.
A spice used in many foods. Indians have a common name for coriander, called Dhania, in most Indian regions; the fresh leaves are often used as garnishing foods and to flavor the food with its exquisite aroma.
Coriander seeds are boiled with water and drunk for colds, and used for the controlling levels of cholesterol, an Asian herb that is used to prevent hemorrhoids, headaches, swellings, conjunctivitis, and ulcer problems.
An herbaceous plant of the parsley family, the leaves are like the parsley plant, it takes ninety days to harvest the seeds of this plant, and the task must be carried through to the end.
Cubeb is a tailed pepper mostly grown in Java that is the reason for Cubeb being known as Java Pepper. The fruit of this plant is gathered before ripened, and are dried at a later stage.
One of the finest spices used in Europe for adding flavor to meat and used in marinades, vegetable dishes, spiced in biscuits, and cheese. A small plant with red to brown seeds in color has a touch of nutmeg, and has a taste of camphor.
The berry of the plant is used for stimulation, as an antiseptic, for chronic bronchitis and digestive ailments. Cubeb is grown in tropical regions, it is a perennial plant, a climber that clings on to posts, and bears brown fruit.
An herb found in some parts of America. It is brewed as tea and sometimes known as Mexican Tea or Worm seed.
Epazote, usually used as a leaf vegetable and can be eaten raw, a spice that has flavors similar to aniseed and fennel. A herb used to flavor Mexican dishes with sharp tastes of camphor and stronger than tarragon, used in salads, soups, and meats.
Epazote is used for malaria, and respiratory infections. An annual perennial plant, the young leaves are milder, and less bitter. You can use both the leaf and stem for cooking, but the seeds are used only when dried.
Found in AfricaAsia and Europe.
A tea made with crushed Hawthorn Berries or leaf and flower, add a cup of boiling water, you can soak for 15-20 minutes, if you like it can be reheated, add some lemon, or honey for your required taste.
A tea which has a history in clinical and folk medicine purposes used as a heart tonic, it reduces bloodstreams, fatty levels, and, cholesterol levels.
Hawthorne Tea is used for treating nausea, upset stomachs, dizziness, mild rash or drowsiness, for fatigue, sweating, in difficulty of sleeping, and for headaches.
Lemon Balm Tea
An herbal tea used for increasing your spirits that relieves stomach disorders, and, relaxes the nerves. Found in Europe and some parts of Africa have been grown for thousands of years. It is called the Lemon Balm Tea because of the scent of lemons on the leaves.
To make Lemon Balm tea is easy, use one teaspoon of Lemon Balm Tea, dried herb, cover in a cup of boiling water to avoid the escape of the aroma from being carried away with the steam.
Enjoy this tea after ten minutes soaking and straining. You can drink this tea and still perform normal duties.
People with Glaucoma shouldn't use this tea as it affects the pressure of the eye. Always consult your doctor before consuming any herbal remedies.
The Romans found out about this plant, centuries ago.
A tea for the upper respiration disorders, like asthma, coughs, sore throats, and for headaches caused by sinuses.
Prepare Horehound tea by boiling in a kettle or saucepan and keep the Horehound leaves in a clean heat-proof container in a coffee mug and leave aside.
Add the boiling water over the Horehound leaves in the cup and cover with a saucer for fifteen minutes, thereafter strain the tea into another heat proof cup, the leaves can be discarded, after the tea is soaked.
Have it with lemon and honey, your choice. You shouldn't have more than a cup daily.
Maybe diarrhea and dermatitis, it may not be the same for everyone.
Herbs has become one of the most used natural medicines for healing and as a pain-reliever.
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