Herbs with health benefits can be the answer for you in many cases. I prefer to use something natural for relief when I have aches and pains before I try an over the counter medicine. Herbs with health benefits have been used for thousands of years long before traditional medications were available. Many herbs have more antioxidants that some fruits and vegetables. I like that I can grow herbs in my herb garden and have them available when I need them. There’s no trip to the store. They are relatively inexpensive and I know what’s *in* them since I grow most of them myself. Here are a few of my favorite herbs that may have health benefits.
Herbs with Health Benefits
- Garlic may provide cancer protective benefits. To get the most benefit, let the garlic sit for ten minutes after chopping and before cooking.
- Oregano has the highest antioxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs. Oregano is great to add to tomato soup or any dish with a tomato base.
- A study in Cancer Prevention Research shows that parsley may help prevent breast cancer.
- Peppermint soothes an upset stomach. Even at 19, my daughter still requests peppermint tea when her stomach is upset. Grow it fresh and then dry it to make an herbal tea.
- Thyme has the second highest amount of antioxidants and is a very good source of Vitamins A and C.
- Aloe Vera is not an herb. I grow it as a houseplant and the healing and soothing benefits are well known. I keep some on hand for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
- Chamomile – The small golden buds of chamomile are known to help people relax and have been said to help with insomnia. I enjoy chamomile tea every night before bed.
- Fennel is another herb that is known to help with stomach issues and particularly with colic and constipation.
- Lemon balm has been said to relieve stress and tension. This is another herb that works wonderfully as a tea.
- Sage combined with echinacea is very soothing as a tea when you have a sore throat.
When you’re planting your garden this spring, consider adding a few of these herbs with health benefits. Always purchase herbs from a trusted gardener or garden supply store and be certain of what you are growing or preparing before you use it. These herbs grow well for me in zone four in Vermont with the exception of the chamomile which I purchase from our local food coop. Herbs are best used fresh because they retain the most of their goodness in that form. However, they can be used dried as well.
Do you use any herbs with health benefits? Are there any you use regularly that I’ve forgotten to list?