Spring!

Thursday, 28 February 2008
Posted by Neugier

Okay, so it isn't quite Spring yet...However, we just couldn't wait any longer! Thus the first planting of a few herbs:


In our opinion, there is just nothing like the smell of fresh herbs throughout the house not to mention the fun and convenience of having our own fresh herbs right at our finger tips while cooking!

Oregano Facts:
All herbs contain a number of vitamins and minerals and oregano is no exception. It is a particularly good source of iron, manganese and Vitamin K, as well as Vitamins A and C and calcium.
Oregano is well known for its digestive properties and therefore is it useful to combine with foods that are difficult to digest or that give wind, for example pulses, beans, salad vegetables and members of the cabbage family (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, turnip and kale).Oregano is said to:
* Aid insomnia.
* It can relieve migraines.
* It helps clear coughs, colds and symptoms of flu.
* It has been proven to act as a very good antioxidant, even better than apples, blueberries and citrus fruits.

Parsley Facts:
It is hard to believe that a tiny green herb such as parsley is rich in so many vitamins and minerals, but it is true. Parsley is an excellent source of Vitamin A, several B Vitamins and Vitamin K and it also contains more Vitamin C that most citrus fruits. It boosts the immune system and can prevent against many infections, colds and other diseases. Parsley can be useful in preventing and easing conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and certain cancers. Below are just some of the things that parsley can be used for in order to combat illness and other ailments:
* Parsley is an excellent breath freshener, eliminating strong mouth odours such as garlic or onion.
* It boosts the immune system and protects against colds and infections.
* It has been said to promote delayed menstruation and ease PMT.
* The calcium and fluorine that is present in parsley can strengthen bones and teeth.

Basil Facts:
Basil is an excellent source of iron, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, all of which are hugely beneficial to one's health. It also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin A, magnesium and manganese. Basil is recognized for its soothing and sedative properties and is useful to calm the nervous system and aid digestion. As well as this, basil is said to:

* Ease stomach cramps and pains.
* Treat nervousness, anxiety, depression, exhaustion and tiredness.
* Relieve migraines.
* Repel insects.
* Treat insect bites.
* Cure insomnia.

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