It’s spring and I back to writing my blog again, this one on herbs….thanks to Natalie of nell creative, my website is all crisp and shiny again!

Medicinal herbs, to grow at home…..
I am sure we all acknowledge that herbs are great additions to our food…but of course many also have medicinal properties so are even better for us. Herbs are often made into oils, which are great, but when we grow our own they are best picked fresh and used in cooking and food preparation.
I love Basil, but it’s really only happy growing in a warmer climate than mine (I buy it ready potted in the summer). It’s lovely and such a great part of the Mediterranean Diet…So Here are a few that grow well in the northern hemisphere…in fact just about anywhere!
Parsley
Not just for decoration, this medicinal herb is loaded with nutrients as well as healing powers to help with flatulence and bad breath. Chew a fee sprigs after meals. Makes a lovely sauce for white fish or vegetables.
Feverfew
Use the leaves and flowers of this medicinal herb for teas; chew leaves to ease headache pain (including migraines). It’s also been shown to provide relief for arthritis, and skin conditions.
Lemon Balm
This a relative of the mint family and grows, like mint, a bit wild. It is a versatile medicinal herb that helps relieve anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, insect bites, flatulence, and an upset stomach. It also speeds the healing of cold sores. Chew the leaves or make into a tea.
Mint (usually the variety Peppermint)
If you have digestion or gas, sipping tea made of this herb usually provides relief. It’s also been shown to help soothe headaches. Add it chopped and scattered onto new potatoes, green peas and…virtually anything for a bit of zing…
Rosemary
This herb, also one to buy ready in a pot,  helps memory and concentration, improves mood and sweetens breath. Also goes well with tomato dishes, roast vegetables, and many other foods.
Sage
Sage’s genus name, Salvia, means “to heal,” reflecting its early use as a medicinal, not culinary, herb. It can help provide relief for mouth and throat inflammations. Goes well with casserole cooked meat and slow cooked vegetables.
Thyme
The active principle in thyme, thymol, is a strong antiseptic. If you suffer from coughs, congestion, indigestion, or gas, consider using this medicinal herb. Use like sage, they go together so well. Any and all of these herbs can be gathered in small quantities, chopped finely and added to salads, soups and stews and stir fry’s.

Your body will appreciate the help that herbs can bring, and your taste buds will love the difference…. It’s all beneficial to your health…here’s to herbs in the window box…Diane