10 Plants and herbs I love

Nature is truly powerful and there are 10 Plants and herbs I love that I want to share with you all!

Herbs and plants that you can even grow in your backyard can not only add flavour to your meals but also have amazing health benefits.

Here are some of my favourites and why I love them!

Basil and Holy Basil

I love sweet basil for culinary uses and holy basil in tea. Both have been studied for their calming properties, antibacterial properties and being supportive of digestion. Use regular basil in a pesto or pasta dishes and holy basil as a tea!

Rosemary

Many of us probably have some dried rosemary in our spice cabinet that is not getting used up. However, you may want to start adding it to more dishes as it has been shown to help with cognitive function through memory and concentration. It has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties particularly for joints and as a digestive aid.

Dandelion

The “weed” we love to hate but is actually quite powerful. Dandelion root has been used for years to help support liver function and improve digestion. It also stimulates the production of bile. I personally find the easiest way to consume dandelion is through a plain dandelion tea or blend that contains dandelion.

Echinacea

This beautiful plant is actually found in a lot of people’s gardens. Most people know it for its immune stimulating and supportive properties. It is also antifungal and antiviral. Echinacea is quite powerful so like any herbs and plants make sure you consult with your doctor before taking it on a whim.

Lavender 

I mean who doesn’t love the smell of lavender? This calming plant is not only beautiful to look at but it can help with sleep, stress and tension. It is also antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal. And with its antispasmodic properties it can also help with digestion and calming the stomach.

Nettle

Did you know that nettle contains a wide range of nutrients, is an antihistamine, can support liver health and also support reproductive health in both men and women? Caution though because nettle can sting so you may want to have a professional prepare it for you!

Spearmint

As someone who has suffered with IBS for most of my life, spearmint and mint are my favourite. For starters I love the refreshing taste but it also acts as a digestive aid. I recommend having it post dinner unless you have heartburn or GERD. Its also relaxing and may help calm the nervous system.

Yarrow

Once you look up yarrow you will definitely recognize it. This powerful plant is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent. It will either stimulate or calm the body depending on what it needs. Its antispasmodic properties can also aid is stomach and menstrual cramping.

Chamomile

I think we all know chamomile but did you know it can calm digestive issues such as bloating, gas, indigestion, motion sickness and more? It is also known for its wound healing benefits. I recommend enjoying it as a tea!

Lemon balm

Interestingly enough lemon balm is actually part of the mint family and is also calming and soothing. It has been studied for aiding with digestion, thyroid function, colds/fevers, insomnia, depression and more!

There are actually so many more I could talk about but I will save that for a future post. Let me know in the comments below if there are other plants and herbs you want me to write about!

 

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