Archive for May 2014

Herbs to Plant Now

Herbs n Oils

Herbs n Oils

 

We grow many herbs on our farm that we use in products. Here are a few that are already coming up this spring and you could plant them right now.  These are very easy to grow herbs.

Parsley is  great in salads. It is high in Vitamins A, C and K and the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, and potassium.

Mint can be used in salads or teas. It is rich in Vitamins A and C and high in the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium. There are many varieties to choose from.

Lemon balm (part of the mint family) makes a great tea; mix with green tea or mint. It is rich in many antioxidants and helps reduce anxiety, promote sleep. It can inhibit the virus that causes the cold sore which is why we use it in our Herbal Relief Lip Balm.

Sage can be used in cooking; its great with beans, eggs or garlic. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and combats inflammation. Drink it as a tea when you have a sore throat. It may be able to boost memory and improve bone health. It is of course one of our favorites as our parent company, Sagescript Institute, is named for sage.

Thyme is used in cooking especially with soups, eggs or beans. It is rich in vitamins A and C. It has great antibacterial and antifungal properties which means it makes a great tea for a sore throat.  You can also use a thyme tea as a face wash for acne. I like to make a thyme infused honey.