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Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal Herbs

Many of us will buy herbs on a weekly basis at the supermarket, you may even grow them in pots on a windowsill or in your garden; but what you might not realise that as well as making your cooking extra delicious, they have many healthful properties that have been used for centuries to boost well-being and cure ailments.

Here we explore some of the most common culinary herbs:


  • Aids optimal digestion
  • Remedy for headaches
  • Helps with insomnia

* The oil from the leaf (Eugenol) has anti-inflammatory properties

– Use at the last minute, so the leaves don’t turn black.


  • Fights nausea
  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • Antibacterial and detoxifying

*The seed as opposed to the leaf have cancer fighting antioxidants like apigenin, quercetin and kaempferol.

– Use the seeds in cooking, but use the herb leaf as a dressing/garnish or in a juice.


  • Effective for constipation
  • Useful for the bladder and kidneys at relieving inflammation
  • As a general tonic for the body

*Parsley is rich in vitamin K an essential component for healthy bones.

– As well as use in hot/cold dishes, it can be chewed raw to help digestion and as a breath freshener.


  • Strong antiseptic properties
  • Relieve sore throats and help with gum health
  • Fights inflammation (from the caffeic and rosmarinic acids)

*The oils from Rosemary can have a sedative effect which calms nerves and even stomach aches.

– Rosemary stems are great used in marinades and to infuse flavour in meats before roasting. But can also be used to create a medicinal tea.


  • Hormonal balancing
  • Mild diuretic
  • Helps with mild bugs like stomach upsets and catarrh from colds

*Its antioxidant properties have been shown to improve concentration and memory.

– Can be used raw, cooked or as a dried herb. Try infusing the herb in honey, for use in cooking or as a tea.


  • Great for cold or flu symptoms
  • Colic in babies
  • As a general tonic and digestion aid

*It has great antibacterial properties, and when used as a tea, it is very helpful for gum disease and sore throats.

– Try crushing the herb and using as a dressing with oil and vinegar. It can also make meat more digestible with its high iron content.