Poor herbs. They’re often forgotten. Most people will use them if they are around, but typically the aromatic leaves are not usually sought out when grocery shopping…Welp, I’m going to tell you why everyone should have herbs on hand 24/7. Like, if they’re not in your refrigerator now, go run to store & buy some. Why? Here’s why:
++ Herb Benefits [ in appropriate picture order ]:
+ Basil: ahhhh! My most favorite herb. I could inhale the smell for days. Basil has plenty of antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties. Super, super low calories & cholesterol, but the flavorful leaves contain so many essential nutrients. I’m obsessed with this on brown rice pasta with fresh tomato sauce + lemon.
+ Rosemary: helllllo, vitamins! This savory herb is full of them- think Vitamin A & C . It also has iron, potassium, calcium, & manganese [ an antioxidant ]. Major plus: helps fight off colds, the flu, & depression. Rosemary is fab in fresh bread, salads, & quinoa.
+ Mint: amazing for acne or pimples [ especially mint juice ]. If you’re feeling anxious, it’s known as one of the most calming herbs. I die over a hot cup of mint tea too. The best part? It promotes digestion & freshens breath. Mojito, anyone?
+ Cilantro: maintains a healthy liver, rids bloat, & boosts the immune system. This herb also detoxifies your body [ <<< I am definitely eating some of this tonight! ]. I always put cilantro in my guacamole or salsa.
+ Dill: helps with hiccups, digestion, menstrual cramps, & insomnia. Also dill is a diuretic- the perfect pre-poolside herb. Add some to a cucumber salad before you get into a summer bikini ; ).
P.S. There are tons of amazing herbs out there to experiment with, these are just some of the ones I use frequently. You can find a more in-depth list here– so, pick your poison & eventually you will not cook without them! xx.