8.09.2015

What multi-use plants do you have in your garden?

What multi-use plants do you have in your garden?  It's a popular topic and one that we wanted to explore.  We love mint, basil and rosemary just to name a few and here is why.

Mint:
There are many types of mint, including spearmint, peppermint and wild mint.  There are several uses for spearmint, like treating gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, IBS, gall bladder swelling and gallstones.  Spearmint oil also helps memory as well as controlling excessive hair growth in woman.  Who knew all of the great uses? 

Different types of mint are also used to flavor drinks, candies and food.  

Basil:
This herb is used in several different cultures' cuisine. It has strong antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with cardiovascular health. Other benefits include helping with respiratory infections, asthma, diabetes, and decreasing pain and swelling. A 2007 study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that the essential oils in basil have been shown to lower blood glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels. Five grams of basil even carries 11% of your daily recommended calcium intake. You can even use it to erase blemishes and help relieve stress.

Basil is delicious, and you can get a lot of it certain dishes, like pesto. Basil also makes for a delicious caprese salad, and a wide range of sauces. You can try de-stressing with a cup of basil tea.

Rosemary: 
Rosemary has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. It contains antioxidants and compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it provides iron for respiratory health, calcium for bone strength, and fiber for digestive health. A 2013 study at the Saint Louis University of Medicine conducted by Susan Farr, Ph.D. found that rosemary extract improved the memory of mice and could possibly be used to help with age-related cognitive decline, too.

You can use Rosemary on chicken, fish, in soups and sauces, or even infuse olive oil with it.

What is your favorite?


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