Kitchen Herbs

… with a clue
Anise (pimpinella ansisum)

Culinary: Great in home baked bread. Try also in soup and curries.
Clue: Research suggests antispasmodic properties, making Anise helpful countering menstrual pain, asthma, bronchitis.
Traditionally used as tea to reduce gas and bloating, given to infants to relieve colic.

Basil (ocimum basilicum)

Culinary: Use in salads and sauces. Great on tomatoes and in Italian dishes.
ClueResearch suggests that basil principally acts on the digestive and nervous system. May be used to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Mildly sedative action may be useful for anxiety, insomnia.
Traditionally taken to increase breast-milk production. Applied externally as insect repellent and to relieve insect bites.

Celery (Apium graveolens)

Culinary: Use in soups, fish and vegetable dishes.
Clue: Research suggests that celery seeds have marked liver protective activity.
Traditionally used for treating rheumatic conditions and gout. (Cleansing process)  Helps to disinfect the bladder. Mildly diuretic and significant antiseptic. Cultivated for at least 3000 years.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutitia)

Culinary: Familiar to herbal tea drinkers.
Clue:Research suggests anti-inflammatory and relaxant actions. Valuable for pain, indigestion, acidity, gas, gastritis, bloating and colic. Useful for hay fever and asthma.
Traditionally used for all kinds of inflammation, eczema, sore & tired eyes, bites & stings, stomachache and menstrual pain.
For a good night?s sleep, drink a cup last thing at night.

Coriander (coriandrum sativum)

Culinary: Use in rich meaty dishes. Tastes great on peas and in pea-soup.
Clue: Research suggests coriander as a gentle remedy for bloating and cramps.
Traditionally chewed to sweeten the breath, especially after eating garlic.

Cumin (cuminum cyminum)

Culinary: Use in rich meaty dishes. Tastes great in cabbage dishes. Try it in coleslaw. Also great with cheese.
Clue: Research suggests cumin stimulates the entire digestive process.
Traditionally used for illnesses of the digestive system. Mentioned in the Old Testament.

Fennel (foeniculum vulgare)

Culinary: Use in vegetable dishes, pork casserols and with lentils. Add a bag of seeds to boiling rice
Clue: Research suggests fennel seeds to relieve bloating, settle stomach pain, are diuretic and anti-inflammatory. 
Traditionally used for illnesses of the digestive system. Tea is given to babies for colic. Tea may be used as a gargle for sore throats

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Culinary: Use in meat dishes as well as soups, salads and vegetables.
Clue: Research shows that Garlic helps to lower high blood fat levels, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar levels, and has an antibiotic activity. Used to dree wounds in WW1. May prevent circulatory problems and stroke.
Traditionally used for all manner of infections. Especially used as a circulatory remedy, keeping the blood thin.

Ginger (Allium sativum)

Culinary: Ad spice to legumes (lentils and peas) and enjoy in all kinds of Asian dishes.
Clue: Research suggests that Ginger is highly effective for motion sickness and relieving postoperative nausea.
Traditionally used as a remedy for many digestive complaints (indigestion, nausea, gas, colic), and as a circulatory stimulant.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Culinary: Use in fish dishes; rub on chicken breasts, ad to salads.
Clue: Research suggests that Lemon Balm has a calming effect on the central nerve system. It may fight the herpes simplex virus, which produces cold sores.
Traditionally used to lift up the spirits, and as a relaxing tonic for anxiety, mild depression, restlessness, and irritability.

Majoram (Origanum majorana)

Culinary: Use in stews and casseroles and to season pork roasts. Try it on broccoli and mixed into cream cheese.
Clue: Research suggests that Majoram helps to relieve anxiety, headaches and insomnia.
Traditionally used as a remedy against colds and headaches since 1597.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Culinary: Add Mediterrean flavor to vegetable dishes. Ideal in vegetarian cheese dishes, a must in Italian tomato sauce.
Clue: Research suggests that Oregano shows some antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant effects.
Traditionally used as a remedy to help with infections (respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis and asthma) and as food preservative.

Peppermint (Mentha  piperita)

Culinary: Use in relishes, ideal to accompany fish and lamb; add to cream cheese, to white cake and all kinds of desserts. Try the flavor with fresh peas.
Clue: Research suggests that Peppermint has an antispasmodic effect on the digestive system.
Traditionally used as a remedy to help with all kinds of digestive problems, to help to soothe an irritated bowel. Especially used to calm an upset stomach.

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)

Culinary: Classic for roasted lamb and in lamb casseroles. Try it in cheese sauce or sprinkle some dried leaves on the BBQ coals.
Clue: Research suggests Rosemary helps with indigestion, and is supportive for rheumatism, and helps with circulation problems.
Traditionally used as a remedy to help with circulation problems, especially low blood pressure, indigestion and rheumatism, and to stimulate menstruation.

Sage (salvia officialis)

Culinary: Great in cheese dishes and added to cooked sauces or potatoe dishes.
Clue: Research suggests an antiseptic, and stomach supporting activity. It may be useful in preventing the onset of Alzheimer?s disease. Helps relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes).
Traditionally used as tea for sore throat and in gargles, for canker sores and sore gums.

Thyme (thymus)

Culinary: Use to spice mead, try in mead loaves and vegetable dishes.
Clue: Thyme volatile oil is strongly antiseptic. Research suggests that Thyme supports the body?s normal function and counteracts the effects of aging.
Traditionally used as a remedy (tea) for throat and chest infections.

Turmeric (curcuma longa)

Culinary: Use in rice for yellow color and in all kinds of Asian dishes.
Clue: Research suggests Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and may lower cholesterol. It increases bile production and has a protective action on stomach and liver.
Traditionally used to improve liver action and as a remedy to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Useful assisting in skin conditions like fungal infections.