Before I was not aware much of searching on internet, I use cubes seasoning to enhance the flavor of the food am cooking. Not knowing much the danger of chemicals in it, yes it gives a much flavor but ruins our health.
Since my son taught me how to use our computer, I learned how to search on internet so many healthy facts. Thanks for the modern communication and serves as magazine so informative.
I learned that herbs are not only use for culinary purposes, but also has many health benefits for our body as well. I gathered things about different facts and benefits which we can derive from it.
PARSLEY-is a popular culinary herb and is recognized as one of the functional food for its antioxidants, and disease preventing properties.
Health benefits derives from it- it’s one of less calorific herb, its leaves contain zero cholesterol and fat, but rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber. It help control blood cholesterol , offer protection from free radical medical cancers. It contains health benefiting essential volatile oils. Eugenol oil has been in the therapeutic applicatiuon in dentistry as local anesthetic and anti septic agent for teeth and gum diseases, reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. It is a good source of potassium, calcium, manganeses, iron and magnesium. Potassium is the chief componenets of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by counterfering the effects of sodium. Iron is essential for the production of heme, an importantoxygen-carrying componenets inside the red blood cells. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidants enzymes. It is also rich in many antioxidants such as vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin c, E, Zea xanthin which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration in the retina of the eye in the old age population and ultra violet-violet light filtering functions. It includes lutein and cryptoxanthin, vitamin B-6 pyridoxine, riboflavinB-3 niacin B-2 and vitamin B-1 thiamin. These vitamins play a vital role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolisim by acting in the treatment of Alzheimer’s diseases patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brains.
CELERY- has strong aromatic flavor in cuisines, it is a small biennial herbaceous plant originated in Europe.
Health benefits- leaves are rich source of flavonoid antioxidants such as zea-xanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene and known as functional food. It is a very good source of vitamin-A which maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin and for night vision. Continues consumption helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. It is rich in vitamins including floic acid, riboflavin niacin and vitamin C which is essential for optimum metabolism. An excellent source of vitamin K, which helps increase bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones and for Alzheimers diseases by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. A good source of minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese and magnesium. Its leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils that include terpenes. Essential oil obtained from extracted from it had been used as soothing remedy for nervousness, osteoarthritis and gouty=arthritis conditions. In addition, its seeds and root have diuretic, which remove excess water from the body through urine, galactogogue, helps breast secretion, stimulant and tonic properties.
BASIL-a powerful herb with a fragrant aroma and adaptable taste and can be added to many recipes as pleasant accent. It is common igredients fro tomato sauces and pesto recipes.
Herbalists recommend its use as a digestive and anti-gas acid aid, easing anxiety and headaches because of basil’s sedative properties.
ROSEMARY- is a perfect potherb to have in kitchen garden for its many health benefits and in cuisine purposes. Leaves contain certain phyto-chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. The flower part contain phenolicanti oxidant rosmaniric acid as well as numerous health benefiting volatile essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, o-pinene and others which are known to have rubefacient, anti-inflamatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. This herb is exceptionally rich in many B-complex groups of vitamin, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin. It contains high levels of folates which is important in DNA synthesis and when given during peri-conception period can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies. It is a good source of vitamin C which is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs and bones. Either fresh or dry, it is a source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron manganese, copper and magnesium. Potassium is an important componenet of cell and body fluids which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for anti-oxidantenzyme. An excellent source of iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
THYME-is a native of southern Europe and western Miditerranean as culinary and medical herb. It grows from a woody fibrous root to produce thin, erect, stems.Fresh and ried leaves and essential oil extracted are medically potent. It is the most versatile herbs use in home remedies. It is use as antiseptic, diaphoretic, analgesic, antispasmodic and deuratic. Acts as emmenagogue which brings menstrual discharge, carminative which expel gas, and stimulant. It contains essential oil, a crystalline phenol known as thymol, proven antibiotic and disinfectant that enhances the immune system and fights infection. With external application, the essential oil is especially good for maintaining the health of the teeth and gums and relieving toothache.. Use to disinfect cuts and wounds, against fungi that cause athlete foot. As massage oil, can relieve rheumatism, gout, and sciatica( pain along the course of sciatic nerve especially in the back of the thigh). As added igredients on lotions, used as chest rub, helps to break up catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membrane) of upper respiratory tract. It may help to prevent hair loss when used as hair rinse combined with scalp massage.
OREGANO-a wonderful perennial culinary as well as medicinal herb and has been recognized as one of the functional foods for its nutrional, anti oxidants and disease preventing properties. The herb parts are rich source of dietary fiber which helps to control blood cholesterol levels. It contains benefiting essential oils such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene and caryophyllene. Its leaves and flowering stem are strongly anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, cholagogue which help gallbladder secretion, diaphoretic (sweat production), expectorant, stimulant and mildly tonic properties. Its detoction is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation. Thymol is been found to have an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal activities. It’s rich in phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants (vitamin A, carotenes, lutiens, zea xanthin and cryptoxanthin) and rated as one of the plant sources with highest and anti-oxidant activities. The active principles in the herb may improve the gut mobility in addition to increase the digestion power by facilitating copious gastro intestinal enzymes secretions. An excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium etc. like above herbs Source of vitamin C also.
FENNEL-its bulb is versatile vegetable used since ancient times for its nutritional and medicinal properties. It is one of very low calories vegetables, and it gives sweet anise-like flavor. Its high concentration of aromatic essential oils like anethole, estragole and fenchone in the bulb.has been found to have an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.The bulbs have moderate amounts of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The juicy fronds indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in small but healthy proportions. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. It contain vitamin C, the bulbs have a very good levels of heart-friendly electrolyte, potassium which is important electrolyte inside the cell. It helps reduce blood pressure and rate of heartbeats by countering effects of sodium. It also contains small amounts of minerals such as copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium.
SAGE=its fresh leaves add flavor to desserts and drinks, in different recipes cuisines.
Sage herbs parts have many notable plant-derived chemical compounds, essential oils, minerals, vitamins that are known to have disease preventing, and health promoting properties. The essential oil in it is known to have counter-irritant, rubefacient, anti-inflamatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties. Thujone, found on sage componenents of oil, helps improves mental concentration, attention-span and quickens the senses, and is known as “thinkers tea”. This herb is exceptionally very rich source of several B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin many times higher than the recommended daily levels. It contains a very god amount of vitamin A and beta carotene levels. Fresh leaves of it are a good source of antioxidant vitamin, vitamin C which helps in the synthesis of structural protiens like collagen. It adequate levels in the body help maintain integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin c helps protect from scurvy, develop resistance against infectious agents, pro-inflamatory free radicals from the body. It si rich in minerals as above herbs.
BASIL-one of the oldest and popular herbal plants brimming with notable health benefiting phytonutrients and even called as holy herb. It is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions in Asia. It is known not only for cuisine purposes but for its medicinally useful leaves and seeds.
Its leaves holds many notable plants derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. It contains many polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin. Tested for their possible anti-oxidant protection against radiation-induce lipid per oxidation in mouse live. Like other above herbs, it contains essential oils as anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial properties. It contains high levels of beta carotene, vitamin a. cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-zanthin.
TARAGON-is a small shrub featuring slim woody branching stems that reach up to a meter in height and grows well in sandy soil with adequate sunlight.
The main essential oils in it are estragole(methyl chavicol), cineol, ocimene and phellandrene. It is often use as a remedy to stimulate appetite and alleviate anorexic symptoms. Fresh herb of it is one of the highest antioxidant value food sources among the common herbs. Taragon extract shows certain compounds in them inhibit platelet activation, preventing platelet aggregation and adhesion to the blood vessel wall. Thus prevent clot formation inside tiny blood vessels of heart and brain protecting from heart attack and stroke. It is rich in vitamins and minerals.
In culinary, it is use in green salad, maybe used as flavoring base to fish, lamb and poultry. It is main ingredients in French béarnaise sauce, a hot emulsified butter sauce made of clarified butter, egg yolks, shallots, chervil, peppercorn and tarragon vinegar. Also as flavoring base in traditional Christmas breads called politica.
There are countless herbs all over the world, but among those leafy herbs, these are commonly used and popular almost all over the world.
Now am sure on my right tract of healthy living and eating. These herbs can be eaten as raw in form of salads, incorporate in green juicing or in cooking along with fish, sea foods or meats. A delicious, healthy and tasteful dishes to go along in our cooking menus.