Lemon Balm ~ Grows as a bushy perennial with long stems, leaves, and flowers. 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. Having 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? 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. 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.
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.
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What is your favorite herb to use in juicing or smoothies? I would love to hear!