You might ask, what are the herbs near me and what are the 6 must-have herbs? Melinda Olson, the founder of Earth Mama Angel Baby used to work as a nurse when she started making soaps and salves for babies and their mamas.
Olson believes that turning to nature is the best way to heal and stay healthy. She relies on six must have herbs as they are not only beautiful but easy to grow and highly useful.
Mint is a real all-round talent: it looks pretty, has a wonderful aroma, cools the palate in summer and is also healthy. Its leaves are just as good in tea and desserts as in hearty dishes. Its bitter and tanning agents as well as its high menthol content have an antispasmodic effect, making it an indispensable household remedy for stomach and intestinal problems. Mint likes it moist and should therefore not be given a too sunny place on the balcony.
Those who love the taste of onions and other leeks should add chives to their herb box. Quark, fried egg or a fresh sandwich sprinkled with chives is a simple but extremely delicious taste experience. It feels most comfortable in the half-shade.
The fresher, the better and healthier – this is especially true of thyme. It is indispensable in Provençal cuisine, and its spicy taste enhances beef and lamb as well as a vegetarian vegetable pan.
But thyme not only tastes good, it also has an expectorant and antispasmodic effect, which is why it is an important ingredient in cough syrups and sweets. Its location should be as bright as possible.
It is impossible to imagine Mediterranean cuisine without it, and those who love rosemary potatoes should definitely reserve a place on their balcony for the plant with its fir needle-like leaves. It is best in the sun with a regular but not excessive supply of water. The essential oils in rosemary stimulate the blood circulation, promote digestion and have an antispasmodic effect. In order for them to develop their full effect, it is best to use it fresh.
High season is during the asparagus season, when it refines the hollandaise sauce. But parsley is also a true classic for seasoning numerous other dishes.
In addition, the plant with its curly or smooth leaves is a real vitamin bomb and provides the body with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E as well as the trace elements copper, zinc and fluorine. Its optimal place is in the semi-shade, especially on hot days it needs water several times a day.
Sage leaves fried in butter are a delicate accompaniment to pasta dishes, freshly plucked they refine meat. Sage, however, belongs in a sunny spot on the balcony, especially because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect: if you have a sore throat, simply put on a tea made from sage leaves to gargle. It also makes fatty food easier to digest and helps against excessive sweating.
What is the mother of all herbs?
Calendula is the mother of all herbs and its medicinal value makes it a great cure for skin diseases and other ailments. Lavendar is another great herb used mainly for its antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemon balm, Yarrow, Peppermint, and German Chamomile are the other four herbs that are Olson’s favorite ingredients.
Still, she clings to these six favorite plants in her garden. “Besides
being all around beautiful, useful and easy to grow, these are all herbs
that belong in every family’s herbal toolbox,” she says.
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