With so many great benefits and uses for fresh herbs, we would run out of room fast to try and list them all here. Instead, we have narrowed it down to our most popular herbs and why you should be growing them for yourself. Check out our video for more info on planting your herb container garden or our video on how to cook with your herbs.
There is more to basil than just great taste. Rich in antioxidants, magnesium and vitamins it is easy to understand why this herb is beneficial to your body. Basil is a very versatile herb that adds superior flavor in many foods. Try using it in soups, pasta sauces, pesto, or fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella salad.
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One of the most popular culinary herbs today, thyme has a long history of medicinal benefits. Thymol, thyme’s active ingredient has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cooking with thyme can actually decrease the chance of a food-borne illness, plus it tastes great. Try using thyme in soups, marinades or stocks.
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This nutrient-dense food is low in calories, but high in taste. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, chives are great in salads, topping a baked potato or add to your omelet. Yum!
Not just a pretty face that dresses up your plate. Vitamin K in parsley is key for strong bones and all the vitamin C boosts immunity. The anti-inflammatory properties found in parsley can even give relief to sore joints. Add some fresh parsley to a morning fruit smoothie and you’ll be surprised how refreshing it tastes! Parsley can also be added to dressings, marinades or as a garnish.
Packed with iron, B-complex vitamins, potassium and calcium the benefits of rosemary are plenty, including memory, digestion, and cell development. Make your own rosemary-infused oil by placing 2 or more dried sprigs into a glass container (with lid), top with olive oil, replace the lid, and shake lightly. Store for 2 weeks in a warm dark area and pour the oil back into the container. It’s as easy as that!
Mint is one of the most versatile herbs out there. With its anti-inflammatory properties, mint can actually help with headaches and digestion. There are many types of mint, including spearmint, peppermint and mojito mint. You can use mint in bruschetta topping, salads, teas and other drinks.
Quick Tip: Many of these herbs are tender with soft stems. It is best to use a sharp knife when chopping and to add them to dishes raw or near the end of cooking. This will ensure you get to enjoy all of their wonderful flavor!