• Growing Herbs For Your Own Healthy Smoothies



    And Meals!

    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.

    1. Oregano

    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.



    2. Parsley

    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.



    4. Basil

    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.

    5. Peppermint

    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!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    2 Responses to Growing Herbs For Your Own Healthy Smoothies

    1. Sherman Zagel says:

      Oregano, commonly called “the pizza herb,” is one of the most widely-used herbs worldwide, so it is hard to imagine anyone not having tried it. However, oregano was virtually unused in America until returning World War II soldiers heightened the popularity of pizza. :':;

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    2. Rodrick Kur says:

      Without specific knowledge of their cellular actions or mechanisms, phytochemicals have been considered as drugs for millennia. For example, Hippocrates may have prescribed willow tree leaves to abate fever. Salicin, having anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, was originally extracted from the bark of the white willow tree and later synthetically produced became the staple over-the-counter drug aspirin..*^^

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