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Our Herbs

OUR HERBS

Herbs are flavorful plants used to season food in cooking or plants used as medicine. Herbs are tremendously popular these days from the smallest shop to the largest discount warehouse, you’ll find medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, and herbal teas, baths, candles and aromatherapy essences. All of our herbs are grown,  ethically harvested on the farm and exhibit the incredible vitality that flows through our land.

Mint

Mint is a family of plants whose prominent members include spearmint and peppermint. Known for its unique aromatic qualities and taste, it is widely used in culinary dishes and in aromatherapy. Mint is a popular herb that can be used fresh or dried in many dishes and infusions. Mint oil is often used in toothpaste, gum, candy, and beauty products. Mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food.

Benefits

Mint is believed have a number of health benefits.

Allergies: Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. This has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, revealing a promising natural treatment.4

Common cold: Mint contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel. Menthol also has a cooling effect and can help relieve a sore throat, especially when combined with tea.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): The use of peppermint oil has been found to be an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from abdominal pain or discomfort associated with IBS.

Gastric ulcers: In a study in animals, menthol was found to help protect the lining of the stomach from the negative effects of indomethacin and ethanol, giving it a potential role in preventing gastric ulcers associated with alcohol consumption and regular use of painkillers.

Skin: When applied topically in oil, ointment or lotion, mint has the effect of calming and cooling skin affected by insect bites, rash or other reactions.

Oral health: Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener.

One of Our Mint Blocks

Basil

Basil is one of the most popular herbs used in cooking today. Famous for its aroma and flavour, it is often enjoyed in Italian and Mediterranean cooking. It is a warm-weather, fragrant herb that tastes great in Italian dishes.

The most common type of basil is sweet basil; other types include purple basil (less sweet than common basil), lemon basil (lemon flavour), and Thai basil (licorice flavour).

Benefits

Basil also is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best when fresh, exuding a sweet, earthy aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavour, but an impressive list of nutrients. Vitamin K, essential for blood clotting, is one of them. Just two tablespoons of basil provides 29 percent of the daily recommended value.

Basil also provides vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, including the blood vessels, from free radical damage. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Other vitamins and minerals in basil include iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. Not surprisingly, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. It’s the flavonoids and volatile oils in basil that give it the most health benefits, the former protecting on the cellular level, with antibacterial properties related to its volatile oils.

If a kitchen has only a few herbs in its possession, basil will likely be one of them. Its fragrant essence combines well with rosemary and thyme in meat dishes, fish, vegetables, cheese, soup and eggs, and is one of the main ingredients in pesto, along with pine nuts and parmesan cheese.

Basil plants are easy to maintain indoors and out. Snip off budding heads whenever they appear and underneath the base of a leaf near the bottom on spindly stems to keep your plant full, and a new branch will appear.

One of Our Basil Blocks

Chives

Chives are the smallest member of the onion genus, Allium. With the full scientific classification of Allium schoenoprasum this tiny vegetable has a wide range of uses and benefits for human health. This particular herb (as it is commonly used) is native to Europe, North America, and parts of Asia, but is now widespread across the globe, as it has become a very popular addition to many culinary dishes.

Chives are bulbous plants, but their stems are long and hollow, which is the edible part of the plant. These hollow stems are commonly sliced and added to fish, soups, sauces, salads, Mexican cuisine, potato dishes, and a wide range of other meals. The unopened flower buds can also be ground into a useful spice, but the most commonly seen chives are freshly chopped stems.

One of Our Chives Blocks

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a perennial woody evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary has a sweet, fresh pine-wood like aroma with a bitter sweet, fresh flavor. A member of the mint family is ideal for stews, salads, roasts and meats. It has fine needle-like leaves with a silver touch and pink, purple, white, or blue flowers. It is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack. The herb has a warm, bitter, and astringent taste but yet it gives a wonderful flavour and aroma to soups, sauces, stews, roasts, and stuffing. It can be used in dried powder form or as fresh leaves. Its leaves can be used to prepare tea, essential oil, and liquid extract.The herb is considered to be sacred by ancient Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, as well as Hebrews and is particularly prevalent in Italian cultural cuisine. It is also called as ‘Dew of the Sea’ or ‘Old man’.

Nutrition

Hair Growth

The oil of rosemary promotes hair growth, prevents baldness, slows graying, treats dandruff, and dry scalp

Enhances Brain Function

One of the earliest documented uses of rosemary for health reasons was as a cognitive stimulant. It helped improve memory performance and quality. It is also known to boost alertness, intelligence, and focus.

Liver Detoxification

Rosemary has been linked to lower levels of cirrhosis and a faster healing time of the liver, which is one of the slowest organs to heal. It also reduces plasma liver enzymes, which may cause type-2 diabetes. Carnosol prevents liver tissue distortion. It also prevents depletion of liver glycogen, the energy storage molecules.

Reduces Stress

A study conducted on the anti-depressant effects of rosemary concluded that the aroma of rosemary alone has been linked to improving mood and clearing the mind. It has a calming effect on those who suffer from chronic anxiety and depression. Furthermore, it reduces salivary cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, which helps ease tension in the body.

One of Our Rosemary Blocks

Thyme

Thyme is an evergreen shrub that has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. The most common form has the scientific name Thymus vulgaris. This herb is native to the Mediterranean region and certain parts of Africa, and its use dates back to the Egyptian empire.

Benefits

Anti-fungal Ability

The most active ingredient found in thyme is thymol. This organic compound has a wide range of effects on the body, including its ability to prevent fungal and viral infections, thereby reducing strain on the immune system.

Antioxidant Capacity

With one of the highest antioxidant concentrations in any herb, thyme has been praised for thousands of years as an overall health booster. The phenolic antioxidants found in thyme, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and thymonin contribute to neutralizing and eliminating free radicals throughout the body. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress present in your organs, as well as your neural pathways, heart, eyes, and skin.

Eye Care

The concentration of carotenoids and vitamin A found in thyme make it an effective antioxidant agent for your vision health. Carotenoids can neutralize the free radicals in your ocular system and slow the onset of macular degeneration and prevent cataracts.

Boosts Immunity

The high levels of vitamin C found in this herb make it a natural immune system booster. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are the first line of defense in the body’s immune system. Vitamin C also plays a crucial part in the production of collagen, which is essential for the creation and repair of cells, muscles, tissues, and blood vessels.

One of Our Thyme Blocks

Sage

This perennial woody herb with grayfish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers is unbelievable when it comes to its impact on human health. Scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, sage is closely related to rosemary, and they are often considered “sister herbs”. In fact, many of sage’s health benefits are derived from the rosmarinic acid, the organic compound found in rosemary that makes it powerful. It does have its differences and is actually an evergreen shrub with woody stems and blue/purple flowers that are found in the Mediterranean region.

Benefits

Treats Inflammation

Sage has the ability to treat many diseases that arise out of inflammation.

Chewing on sage leaves is not always the most pleasant remedy, as the flavor can be quite intense, but this is the most effective way to get the organic compounds acting in your system. Creating a tincture or steeping the leaves can also do the trick, but if you suffer from inflammatory issues, particularly in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts, you can eliminate that inflammation with this sage brew.

The anti-inflammatory qualities of sage extend to health issues such as arthritis and gout, as well as general inflammation of the cardiovascular system, which can result in heart diseases and high blood pressure. The flavonoids and phenolic compounds found in it are responsible for these beneficial effects.

Skin Care

A topical salve can be created using sage leaves or a tincture of the plant that has been shown to be effective against certain skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne. These unsightly blemishes can be quickly soothed and their appearance can be reduced gradually if you regularly apply sage extracts and salves to the inflamed or affected areas.

Manages Diabetes

According to a research study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, sage is one of the best herbs that helps control diabetes. It contains certain extracts and chemicals that mimic the drugs typically prescribed for managing diabetes. It appears to regulate and inhibit the release of stored glucose in the liver, preventing major fluctuations of blood sugar, which can help to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes or at least manage the condition if it has already manifested.

One of Our Sage Blocks

Oregano

Oregano is a flowering plant in the mint family. It is native to temperate Western and Southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1–4 cm long. The flowers are purple, 3–4 mm long, produced in erect spikes

Benefits

Oregano may  be used for the following illnesses and conditions:

  • cold sores
  • muscle pain
  • acne
  • dandruff
  • bronchitis
  • toothache

Uses

  • High cholesterol. Clinical research shows that taking oregano after each meal for 3 months may reduce low-density lipoprotein.  Cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. However, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels are not affected.
  • Parasites in the intestines. Taking oil of oregano for 6 weeks may kill the parasites Blastocystis hominis.

One of Our Oregano Blocks

Tarragon

Tarragon is a perennial herb, It has a sweet pine and licorice flavour and is a classic ingredient in sauces. It has been used in culinary and medicinal applications for centuries. It is particularly popular in French cooking and is commonly used to season chicken, pork and fish dishes. Some people seek out tarragon substitutes because of the distinct flavor of this spice, which is similar to anise or licorice. This is due to the estragole found in this herb.

Benefits

May prevent the Growth of Cancer Cells

Tarragon leaves are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. The antioxidants can help the body fight diseases such as cancer. This factor may not only prevents cancer cell growth; it could also protect the body from various other serious diseases.

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Tarragon leaves have high levels of potassium, which is considered essential in making the kidneys, heart and liver function properly. Tarragon leaves are also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, making the heart vessels free from any kind of damage. Owing to the potassium it contains, the leaves may help in regulating heart contraction.

Maintaining Blood Sugar Level in Diabetic Patients

In order to maintain patient’s blood sugar, the calories consumed should be evenly distributed throughout the body. Tarragon leaves are rich in poly-phenolic compounds and dietary fibers, aiding the calorie to distribute into all organs of the body. This mechanism may help to lower the blood-sugar levels in diabetes patients.

Prevent Anaemia

Tarragon leaves contain iron mineral which is important to produce red blood cells containing haemoglobin. It also contains rich levels of Vitamin C which help in absorbing the iron in the body and hence may be used to avoid blood-related issues such as anaemia.

Protect Intestinal Mucosa

Tarragon may also assist in situations where the intestinal mucosa is damaged. In such cases, zinc, which is found in tarragon, can help in the process of repairing the internal intestinal walls.

In Dentistry

Tarragon may be used in dentistry as an aesthetic and antiseptic agent by curing oral problems like cavities, loosening of teeth, and fragility of gums. Tarragon leaves contain eugenol, an essential oil in the herb that gives pain relieving effect. It has been proven to help decrease sore gums which can occur as a result of toothaches. Chewing tarragon leaves may help reduce the tooth pain. Drinking it as herbal tea could also give the same effect.

One of Our Tarragon Blocks

Melissa

Melissa is a genus of perennial herbs in the Lamiaceae, native to Europe and Asia, but cultivated and naturalized in many other places. The most commonly grown species of this genus is Melissa officinalis, commonly known in the United States as lemon balm, and as balm in England. It is often used for culinary purposes to make teas, marinate chicken or fish, or flavor baked foods and jams.

Benefits

Melissa is believed have a number of health benefits.

Lemon balm is also believed to treat a range of medical disorders affecting the digestive tract, nervous system, and liver. Today, lemon balm is used in traditional medicine to as both a sleep aid and digestive tonic. It may be consumed as a tea, taken as a supplement or extract, or applied to the skin in balms and lotion. Lemon balm essential oil is also popular in aromatherapy, where it is believed to promote calmness and ease stress.

Strengthens The Immune System

An astonishing feature of melissa plant is its ability to stimulate the immune system. It is known that it is antiviral and antibacterial. It is very rich in cobalt and rosmarinic acids. Melissa grass promotes a healthy immune system and strengthens the cell walls. At the same time, the herb that may fight infections prevents the bacteria and viruses that are likely to enter the cell.

Powerful Antioxidant

Melissa plant herb is rich in caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, powerful antioxidants that neutralize reactive oxygen species. It also contains eugenol, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that helps sedate the painful conditions.

Supports Liver Health

Melissa supports the health of the liver by helping the herb toxins from the body. When the right products are not used, the detoxification process wears off the liver over time and causes damage to the liver.

Balances Blood Sugar

Melissa plants that provide antioxidant support may also help to balance blood sugar. Based on the research done so far, it is observed that melissa has a positive effect on blood sugar.

Protects the Brain Cells

Known for its positive effects on memory, thought and calmness, melissa is said to protect the brain from physical damage. It neutralizes (neutralizes) free radicals before attacking brain cells. Rosmarinic acid is another important component of melissa herb, and it has been shown to be effective for the treatment of stroke conditions.

Protects Memory and Cognitive Functions

Melissa plant herb may help to increase memory and cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a loss of neurons that produce neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Melissa plant is struggling with memory loss because it may increase acetylcholine activity. Melissa, which may protect the brain from oxidative damage and neurodegeneration, is also an antioxidant. At the same time, melissa plant, which also has essential oils, has been shown to be effective in reducing agitation in dementia patients.

Thyroid and Chronic Fatigue are Good

Melissa plant is used to treat thyroid problems in Europe because of its ability to regulate thyroid hormone production. Melissa plant also carries antiviral properties. It is considered to be a very useful plant in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Supports Skin Health

Melissa plant grass is very supportive for healthy and youthful skin. The history of melissa used as a cosmetic product dates back hundreds of years. It is extremely effective in softening the skin and reducing wrinkles to a minimum.

One of Our Melissa Blocks

Marjoram

Marjoram is a small flowering shrub that is a subspecies of oregano, both being members of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a native Mediterranean plant, found in Cyprus and Turkey, although it is grown all over the world now since its popularity as a spice has boomed. It has a sweet, mild taste with notes of citrus and pine. This light floral herb is often used in salad dressings and marinades. Fresh or dried, it does not stand up to heat well during cooking and works better in cold cooking applications. It is not only prized for its flavour, but also for its potential health effects.

Benefits

Being a rich source of antioxidants, marjoram is often prescribed for the following:

  1. Supports digestion
  2. Stimulates appetite
  3. Prevents gallstones
  4. Treats gastric ulcers
  5. Promotes heart health
  6. Dilates blood vessels
  7. Lowers blood pressure
  8. Improves cardiovascular health

Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, inhaling its oil provides protection against the following:

  1. Cough and cold
  2. Headache
  3. Nerve pain
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Diabetes

When taken as a tincture, it is thought to help alleviate the symptoms of asthma by allowing for better, more open breathing. It is a well-known herbal treatment for women’s health issues. It is used for the following

  1. Menstrual cycle support
  2. Treat menopause symptoms
  3. Restores hormone balance
  4. Treats polycystic ovarian syndrome
  5. Reduces androgen levels

One of Our Marjoram Blocks

Coriander

Coriander, commonly known as dhaniya in the Indian Subcontinent and cilantro in America and some parts of Europe, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.

Benefits

Treats Skin Disorders

The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, and fungal infections. The oil of coriander has been patented for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

The acids present in coriander, like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins, which can lead to serious cardiovascular issues like heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and strokes. More importantly, this herb helps to raise the levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, which works as a preventative line of defence against a number of dangerous conditions.

Controls Diabetes

Due to the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from the pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops in their blood sugar levels and to ensure other normal metabolic functions as well.

Cures Smallpox

The essential oils in coriander are rich in antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-infectious, and detoxifying components and acids. The presence of vitamin C and iron strengthens the immune system as well. These properties help prevent and cure smallpox, and they can also reduce the pain and have a soothing effect on smallpox patients. In places where smallpox outbreaks occur, studies have shown massive amounts of vitamin C have a definite curative effect on smallpox.

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