Fresh herbs are not only a tasty refinement of almost all dishes, they also have great health potential.
Fresh herbs are not only a tasty refinement of almost all dishes, they also have great health potential. Both the typical taste and the health benefits come from the essential oils abundantly contained in the herbs. These highly volatile substances, unlike normal oils, are not greasy and are extraordinarily aromatic. For the plant itself, they are a protective agent against pests and their scent attracts insects for pollination. For us humans, they are almost a small "pharmacy on the windowsill", because they have a variety of healing effects.
Kitchen herbs have these healing effects:
- Basil: expectorant, anti-inflammatory, appetizing.
- Cress: blood purifying, germicidal, diuretic
- Rosemary: stimulates blood circulation, anti-inflammatory, strengthens blood circulation
- Sage: disinfecting, astringent, antiperspirant
- Thyme: expectorant, germicidal, cough suppressant
Take advantage of these healing properties and start a small herb garden on your windowsill or balcony. All you need is a few flower pots, some potting soil and seeds, which you can buy at any nursery. If this is too tedious for you, you can also buy the herbs already ready in flower pots in any well-stocked supermarket.
Basil is best used as a garnish for tomatoes.
Especially tasty: tomatoes with a little mozzarella cheese and basil leaves.
Cress is suitable for seasoning sauces or as an ingredient in herb curd.
You can prepare a tea from rosemary, sage and thyme that can effectively help you with everyday ailments such as poor circulation, sore throat or cough.