So, do you want to start cooking? Well, it’s about time that you do, especially if you love to eat. But where do you start with your cooking experiment? Since we are pretty sure that you know your pots and pans quite well already, let us get you started on five basic herbs that you should familiarize yourself with before you get yourself on the kitchen floor.
The five herbs that you will get to read about below will not only add a distinct flavor to your dishes, but will also do your health a great deal of good. And yes, you can thank us later.
So, here goes our list of herbs that you should have in your kitchen garden (if you have one), or in your pantry plus their medicinal benefits.
Carving a turkey for Thanksgiving? Make sure to stuff in sage along with other herbs in your turkey to enhance its flavor! If you’re in the mood for tea, you can also brew a pot of sage. Not only is sage great for tea when you mix it with cinnamon and honey, but it is also a great medicinal herb. Alternative medicine practitioners use sage internally for treating bronchitis, fevers, canker sores, headaches, sore throats, sinus congestion, and even bad breath! External uses for sage includes treatment for itch, wounds, and scalp problems.
Pregnant mothers should, however, be wary of sage as it may cause bleeding and result to a miscarriage. Oral intake of sage for a long time is highly inadvisable as well.
Who could say no to a fresh brew of peppermint in the morning? The good thing about peppermint tea is that it does your digestive health a world of good and is also great for treating respiratory problems and alleviating fever. But did you know that you could also use peppermint externally to address toothaches, headaches, muscle pain, itching, fatigue, bad breath, and sinus congestion? More reasons for stocking up on peppermint indeed!
If you’re thinking of roasting chicken or having salmon for dinner, then you would need to make use of dill to enhance your meal’s flavor. What’s even great about dill is that it’s a great herb to tempt your appetite into eating and is also great for those who suffer from bad breath. Internal use of this herb can also benefit your respiratory health and improve lactation among pregnant and nursing mothers.
Fennel is a great addition to your bruschetta sauce (if you want to make one). If you think that bruschetta sauce is too much for your repertoire, you can always mix it in along with beet, kalamata olive, and blood orange, for a healthy salad. Another healthy option for fennel would be roasting it crisp with sunflower seeds for a great afternoon snack. Medical uses for fennel include internal usage of the herb for flatulence, colic, gout, cramps, lactation and indigestion.
Thinking of making a sauce? Garlic will go great with your recipe, especially if you are cooking something Asian. Most chefs saute garlic, but if you are one brave heart, you can also eat it raw! What has garlic got for you? Many pharmaceutical companies have taken advantage of garlic’s medicinal properties and produced garlic supplements. Garlic supplement benefits include a strong immune system among many others.