Multipurpose Herbs

BasilGenerally, most herbs that are used for cooking are not potent enough to have significant medicinal benefit. However, there are several herbs that do confer health benefits and which should be considered for relieving many simple health concerns.

Basil: Basil is a very fragrant herb what grows quickly in most home gardens. This herb is often used as a tonic and cold remedy. Basil oil is often used in natural insect repellants.

Bay: Most people use bay leaves to season soups and stews. The bay leaf can also be used in a tea to relieve gas.

Chervil: This herb has been used as a digestive aid. Some herbalists claim that is effective at loweing blood pressure.

Chives: Besides making your baked potato taste delicious, chives may be able to relieve blood pressure if they are eaten in large quantities.

Coriander: The pungent leaves can be chewed to help ease indigestion.

Dill: Known for pickling, dill has been used to alleviate intestinal gas in adults and babies. A weak dill tea can be made to help relieve colic.

Mint: Mint leaves can be eaten to freshen breath and help with digestion.

Oregano: Most often associated with Italian spices, oregano can also be used in a tea to aid digestion and reduce cold congestion.

Parsley: Fresh parsley contains vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium. It is also high in bioflavonoids, monoterpenes, and other anticancer compounds. Chinese parsley, when made into a tea, may also be effective at removing heavy metals from the body.

Rosemary: If you suffer from headaches, consider making a rosemary tea to help alleviate your pain.

Sage: Sage can used in a tea to help with digestion and as a mouthwash or gargle if you have painful gums, mouth ulcers or a sore throat.

Thyme: This herb can also be used as a tea to relieve an irritable bowel or as a gargle for a sore throat.