Finally! It seems that spring really has sprung here in Texas, and that means that I finally have in the ground the herbs that I both cook with and juice. Yeah, me!!
Why do I go to the trouble of growing my own? Only one reason…our health, plain and simple. This way I can control what dirt the plants are grown in and I can also avoid the chemicals that grocery store herbs and veggies usually have sprayed on them.
So…what did I plant and why? You need to do your own research, but I’ll be glad to share with you my thoughts and findings.
Known as the “delight of the mountains” in the Greek language, oregano is packed with the antioxidant quercitin, which some research claims helps prevent the growth and increase of breast cancer cells. Oregano also contains the phytochemical farnesol, thought to prevent skin cancer growth.
If you are like me, you’ve always thought that parsley is for decoration, right? I’ll admit that I don’t really like the taste of parsley, and I usually juice it with other things to cover the taste that comes from a phytochemical called polyacetylenes. Research indicates that eating parsley helps inhibit carcinogens as well as helping control the growth of tumors.
3. Cilantro (Coriander)
If you’re from Texas, you thought cilantro was a Mexican herb, didn’t you? In actuality, cilantro is a native of southwest Asia and North Africa, its use documented as far back as ancient Greece. Research indicates that this herb contains antioxidants and acts as a digestive aid as well. Cilantro is thought to act upon urinary tract infections and has antibacterial effects on bacteria and fungi.
Accordiing to research coming out of Colorado State University, basil provides antibacterial benefits and may kill a common soil-borne bacteria that is expecially dangerous to people with a compromised immune system.
This is actually my fun herb; however, according to research from Harvard Medical School peppermint does seem to have an effect on a variety of abdominal problems.
Obviously, you have a myriad of herbs from which to choose; however, these five are the ones in my 2013 herb bed. My advice would be to do your own research, but beware! Seldom does the mainstream medical world agree with the “natural” world and vice versa.
It’s very hard to wade through the discussions, but remember, it’s not too late to plant your own herb garden…or put a few in pots. That works just as well!