What herbs come to your mind when you think of cooking? Rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, cumin, sage tea, even lavender, cantoron, turmeric… these herbs have a significant place in the lives of many natural life enthusiasts. In a long list of herbs in the culinary culture, there are plants that can be grown, produced because they are medicinal and we love the aromas these herbs provide.
However, it is possible to find much more than these everyday ingredients in the world of plants. Aside from its incredible health benefits; Below you will find some of the herbs you might want to grow in your garden or balcony or even in a corner of your home.
Known as an invasive weed in many parts of the world, this plant is a natural repellent against insects, ants, flies and mosquitoes when it is grown in a controlled environment. Scrubbing the skin with fresh leaves to ward off biting insects has a much more effective result than most chemical insect sprays. It is good for indigestion and digestive problems. It is a powerful pain reliever for women who have a painful menstrual period. It has an appetite and body strengthening effect.
Its use goes back to Greece around 1000 BC. One of the best herbs to boost the immune system during flu season. It is good for flu, cold and sore throat; It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-blood. Yarrow Tea can aid digestion and soothe nausea. It relieves back, waist and rheumatism pain. It has hemorrhoid and lung cancer healing properties.
With its pungent fragrance and delicious aroma, Tarragon, one of the Chamomile, grows all over the world, but is more famous as the indispensable spice of French cuisine. Rich in vitamins A and C, iodine and minerals. It has appetizing, pain relieving properties. It strengthens the digestive system, relaxes the intestines, relieves stomach cramps. Used to clean wounds; good for nerves and insomnia.
It is thought that this plant from the daisy family was used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for the treatment of stomach upset, menstrual irregularities, edema and sciatica. It was also used by the Anglo-Saxons to alleviate the symptoms of some skin diseases. These days, herbalists mainly use samphire for the treatment of respiratory problems. It removes phlegm and coughs. It is a diuretic; increases urine flow. It is antifungal and prevents fungal infections. It also has antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.
From the Rosaceae family… It takes its name from the Greek word “Argemone” which means “the plant that heals the eye”. It is also used for cleaning and healing wounds and other skin issues. For this purpose, a poultice is prepared by crushing the fresh aboveground parts of the plant and applied externally to the wounds. It grows naturally in almost every region of Turkey. It is collected from June to September, when it begins to bloom. It is dried at a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees and in the shade. Agrimony is never boiled. If it is boiled, it loses its ether oil derivatives in its combination. 300-500 ml of boiling water is added to two coffee spoons of agrimony placed in a teapot and it is expected to brew for 10-15 minutes. It is good for bladder and kidney stones, sand and harmless gums and hernia; It has a resolving effect on bladder cramps. It is also a diuretic and facilitates digestion and relaxes the stomach.
It has three heart-shaped leaves as we know it… Its name in international terminology is “Alfalfa”, originated in Arabic. It belongs to the legume family. Due to its high protein and mineral content, it is widely used both as wet and dried animal fodder, but it has many benefits for humans. An excellent remedy for treating severe nausea. It is also effective in urinary system disorders such as kidney stones and urinary tract infections. It is also ideal for clearing toxins from the liver and gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) tracts. There are also scientific findings showing that it balances the cholesterol level and reduces bad cholesterol. It is a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Due to its high general nutritional value, it prevents energy deficiency. In addition, it is emphasized that the saponins it contains have blood and liver cleansing properties. As well as beneficial for those suffering from anemia, it can also help speed up physical recovery after an illness. It is used in salads, especially in US and Australian cuisine.
The Latin name of the Apiaceae; “Pimpinella anisum”. There is a chemical component called “Anethol” in its fruits. Anise, the raw material of raki was first used in Ancient Egypt 4000 years ago. It is incredibly effective in improving digestion, reducing gas in the body, and stopping nausea and vomiting. It is also known to increase milk yield in breastfeeding. In addition to reducing cold symptoms such as cough, congestion and sore throat, it is also used to relieve anxiety and calm nerves. It is good for migraine pain, brain fatigue and insomnia. It causes drowsiness when used too much. It increases appetite and urine. Women, watch out! Makes breasts plump and upright, preventing sagging. Although it has a regulating effect on the menstrual period, it is not used during menstruation and pregnancy.
Besides many health benefits, it has an incredible floral aroma and is known as the “Queen of Spices” in Asia. Since it is a tropical plant, it is difficult to grow. It grows a lot especially in India. Cardamom, which is rare in the world, is imported to other countries, so it is an expensive plant that is little known. It prevents catching cancer by fighting cancer cells and increasing the number of healthy cells. It is known to slow leukemia. It is also a remedy for stomach pains, reflux and migraine. It is enough to chew the capsules of the plant to get rid of bad breath. It has an appetizing feature. It is also perfect for those who have respiratory tract diseases. It also strengthens memory and mind. Effective against urinary system infections. A natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmo. It improves the health and function of male sexual organs. An important aphrodisiac when used in coffee.
It is especially famous for its stimulating and hallucinogenic effect on cats. But it helps people a lot. Tea can help relieve cold symptoms such as sore throat, sinus pressure, and headache. It helps to relieve gastrointestinal discomfort, reduce gas and relieve stomach pain. It is extremely easy to grow from seed.
It is mostly found in cola and beer at the present time. Licorice, which has been used since 2000 BC, is known as “Liquorice” due to the use of its root. Its seeds are sweet enough to be used as a natural sweetener. It also has a direct effect on fat burning and provides a healthy weight loss. It is used in the treatment of hypertension, to facilitate coughing, to relieve stomach and to clean urinary tract. It is good for liver inflammation, diarrhea, ulcer, reflux and gastritis. The determining factor when making tea from the plant is the brewing time. Brewing for more than 10 minutes eliminates the benefits.
This extremely useful plant is also used as animal feed. Red clover flower tea is effective in symptoms such as cough and congestion. It helps cleanse the body and blood. They are used to relieve menopausal symptoms, as a muscle relaxant and to cure eczema.
Coriander seeds are known to stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin. This means more balanced blood sugar. It helps balance the liver and improve overall cholesterol levels. Coriander seeds are a natural antibiotic against foodborne poisoning such as salmonella. Its leaves are rich in antioxidants and minerals such as potassium, iron and magnesium.
It is closely related to herbs such as marjoram and thyme. It is a powerful anti-microbial herb to remove harmful bacteria from the body that cause respiratory infections and skin problems such as acne. It is effective in fighting fungal infections. It regulates blood circulation, helps digestion and has an appetizing effect. It is good for low blood pressure; It helps to overcome problems such as anxiety and hysteria.
Marjoram is used as a complementary spice in meals. It is also a powerful anti-microbial herb that helps digestion. It is full of vitamins A, C and K, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and manganese and anti-oxidants. It strengthens the immune system, is good for asthma, and stops cough. It is good for cold, diaphoretic and antipyretic. It is a diuretic, muscle relaxant. It is good for abdominal pain, diarrhea, bee and insect bites. Growing marjoram from seed is extremely easy.