5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

5 Herbs And Their BenefitsWelcome to the third installment of herbs and the benefits of using them.  If you missed the other two posts you can read them here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Lemon Balm ~ Grows as a bushy perennial with long stems, leaves, and flowers.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  It gives off a very strong lemon scent which I myself love the smell of lemons.  Lemon balm is a great antioxidant and helps aid in digestion by stimulating bile flow.  It’s also used to help with stress and anxiety especially in an essential oil form.  For juicing you can use the entire sprig fed through the juicer or you can dry the sprigs and then crush them to put in blended smoothies.

Nutmeg ~ Usually found in an already crushed form, most use it for flavoring in cooking.  Nutmeg is also good for colic, muscle tension and diarrhea.  5 More Herbs And Their BenefitsHaving problems sleeping?  Sprinkle some in some chamomile tea at night,  spray lavender on the sheets and see what happens.

Oats ~ Who doesn’t love oats?  These days so many recipes are using oats as a healthy alternative grain and that’s because the list of healing properties include improving stamina…even that of libido and nourishing of brain nerves.  Have a hangover?  Eat a bowl of oatmeal.  Having brain zaps from trying to get off anti-depressant drugs? 5 More Herbs And Their Benefits Have a fruit smoothie with a cup of oats included.  Oats also help lower cholesterol when consumed daily.  For 10 more reasons why oats are great just click here.

Parsley ~ Yes that stuff that is used to decorate the side of your plate comes with some health benefits.  Not only is it one of the richest food sources for vitamin C but it also helps the body rid of water retention  and flushes the kidneys out.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  When juicing, use the sprig in its entirety or for smoothies use a couple of dry teaspoons full.  A flavanol found in parsley has been shown to have chemopreventive effects on certain types of skin cancer.  The folic acid in parsley helps with blood flow and is good for your heart.

Peppermint ~ This hardy and invasive perennial is very fragrant and produces bright green leaves with small pink, white, and purple flowers.  It is very popular in its ability to squash the common ailment of stomach nausea.  Peppermint also helps with motion sickness, fevers, and even Crohn’s disease.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

Peppermint oil is also becoming widely used.  It’s used to scent various soaps and cosmetics and also as a flavoring in many beverages.  For me the scent of peppermint always reminds me of this time of year and the Christmas holiday.  I especially love “Peppermint Mocha Creamer” in my coffee!

Please note: I am not an herb specialist, physician, witch doctor, or nutritionist. This is information I gathered to share with you, and anything you ingest can have possible side effects or a personal reaction to it.

For other posts relating to herbs and getting healthy please check out any of the following:

What is your favorite herb to use in juicing or smoothies?  I would love to hear!

Happy&Healthy,

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31 comments

    1. I just made some oatmeal bars yesterday using coconut oil and dark chocolate and they were a huge hit in the household. I even let my kids have one for breakfast this morning as I know exactly what went into them and the cereal labels have words I can’t pronounce.

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  1. I have used all of these except lemon balm. I didn’t know about that. I love nutmeg but I did not know that it can help you sleep. I love that idea! Next time I’m going to try it in my chamomile tea and see what happens. I knew that oats were good to help with Eczema (Conner has it and I’ve used many a oatmeal baths for him) but I didn’t know that it could help with getting off of anti-depressants. Wish I knew you when I was weening myself off of those! It probably would have helped my transition run a lot more smoothly but now that I know I can arm others with this info.l Thanks so much Trista. You are a wealth of knowledge! Visiting from #foodpornthursdays

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    1. It’s funny because I love to research stuff all the time…especially when it comes to health, but I don’t always feel like blogging about it…the herbs though I have really enjoyed blogging about and am even finding out stuff I didn’t know. Thanks for linking up with us lovely and rocking the #bloggerlove as always!

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  2. I think we’re on the same wavelength 🙂 I have been carrying around a bottle of peppermint oil in my purse for years; I put it on gum it really helps with digestion! One thing that is interesting about Parsley is you have to be really careful when you’re pregnant because it can induce contractions, you’re not supposed to have too much. I learned that a while ago then almost forgot and put a bunch in a smoothie. I remembered after I’d made it and the little guy got to have my portion too 😦 I was smoothiless that day. Lesson learned! #foodpornthursday

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    1. I hadn’t heard about that but I have heard it increases urination so they had suggested pregnant women be careful…we already pee enough when pregnant. I haven’t gotten into the essential oils yet but that is going to be my next adventure. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. The parsley thing always amazes me. Higher in Vit C than most foods we traditionally link to that vitamin. They give it away free here in Malta! In fact this post has reminded me I want to start growing my own herbs. What a fab post idea!! #foodpornthursdays

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    1. Thanks love! I did my first garden this year and basil, tomatoes and various peppers are striving. I am about to harvest it all and make salsa and can it for the winter. Possibly everyone will get a jar as a Christmas gift this year ;o) Thanks so much for linking with us!

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  4. Well, you learn something new every day. I never knew oats were herbs.

    I’ve grown a few things over the years but never given Lemon Balm a try. I’ve seen quite a few recipes on #foodpornthursdays with it in so I might need to give it a go next year.

    Maybe this comment will be third time lucky. I’m baffled as to what happened to the other two.

    Thanks for hosting #foodpornthursdays.

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  5. I love peppermint for my stomach. Also love nutmeg! Great choices again hun. I had no idea parsley had benefits! I’m learning so much through your herb posts! #foodpornthursdays xx

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